Listen to the Witnesses Today

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… (Heb 12:1)

You’ll be surrounded by all sorts of people today. Hopefully some of them will be a source of encouragement to walk the walk of faith. Undoubtedly the majority will not.

But here’s something worth remembering: the “in the flesh” people who surround you today aren’t the only men and women who can exert influence in your life. You are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who continue to testify that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Though they have died, they continue to declare that whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists, and that he rewards those who diligently seek him (Heb 11:6).

Who are these “witnesses,” and what are they affirming, even today (Heb 11:4-38)?

Abel. “Acceptable sacrifice to God is always worth it.”

Enoch. “You’ll never regret living in a way that pleases your heavenly Father.”

Noah. “You should take the warnings of God seriously.”

Abraham. “Even when you don’t know the what, where, who, and why, the LORD does.”

Sarah. “God is faithful to deliver on his most incredible of promises.”

Isaac. “God is always able to see farther down the road than we can.”

Jacob. “When all hope seems lost, God is often just getting started.”

Joseph. “Indulging in sin is never worth compromising what you know to be right.”

Amram and Jochebed. “Always fear God more than you fear any mighty man.”

Moses. “Better to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.”

The Exodus Israelites. “Our God can make a way for his people, no matter what.”

Joshua and his army. “God’s way works, even when it doesn’t make sense to us.”

Rahab. “God can turn anyone’s life around. Anyone.”

Gideon. “With God on your side, you’re always in the majority.”

Barak. “The LORD sometimes delivers in the most unexpected of ways.”

Samson. “Let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.”

Jephthah. “Faults of the past don’t have to destroy the potential for faith in the present.”

David. “Allowing the LORD to be the shepherd of your life is the most important decision you’ll ever make.”

Samuel. “Remember that people see the outside, but the LORD sees the heart.”

The prophets. “Take care that you do not refuse him who is speaking from heaven.”

You’ll be surrounded by all sorts of people today, including this great cloud of witnesses. Though they are dead, they continue to speak loud and clear.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… (Heb 12:1)

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He’s a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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