Chapter 12 follows the faith chapter (Hebrews 11) which ends describing how the people of faith received righteousness, but not all that God promised mankind. Verse 13: “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.” Then Verse 39: “All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised..”(NLT). Then, this chapter (Chapter 12) begins describing how our eyes and focus should be on Jesus so that we might endure. These first three verses of chapter 12 highlight endurance, as well as what to leave behind, and what is the reward set before us.
Hebrews 12: 1-2 (before PerspectiVerse)
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
This last verse suggests that by thinking of Jesus and what He endured, your mental strength will increase and that will help you to endure and conquer as He did! He took on the weight of the world’s sin.. . and was separated from the Father. Find an interesting article about the agony of this separation from God, at the Billy Graham site.
So the way this is speaking to me is that in life we endure much. There will always be something negative or something to pray about in our personal lives or in a friend’s life. Then we read in James 1:2-3, Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. See also, Romans 5:3-4.
As we grow in endurance, then there is more joy … and things seem easier than if we were weak.
If we do as the Word says, then we can learn, grow, endure, become stronger.This endurance is a great thing … it is a foundation or support as we move through life. For example, in running a race, the longer the race you want to run, the more your body must be able to endure. If you are hiking in the mountains it will take more strength and endurance than walking across the street to the park. We can develop this endurance, and sometimes just by going through life with our heads up this can be shaped in us, but oftentimes it is a choice. Back to the choices again as in my blog post to Choose Well 😉 .. if growing your endurance is a great thing ….something to be joyful about, then we should be looking for ways to joyfully endure.
Wow. This is going to be an exciting year!
God bless! 🙂
I’m excited about this!
Lord, thank you that You have the vision and understanding of where each person is at and what we can go through. That You have already seen the endurance training that is necessary for me to get to where You want me to get to, in this life. I hope to accomplish much this year, to grow, learn and endure with joy. In Jesus name, (ónoma), Amen.