Running with Patience!
Scripture reading for November 14th: Hebrews 11:32-12:13
The race of faith takes patience. The main reason for this is that no one knows when the promise of Jesus Christ’s return will take place. We must live in anticipation daily and constantly live a holy life. We might even leave this life through death before the promise of His coming is fulfilled. In fact, all the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11 died without receiving what was promised them! (Hebrews 11:39-40) Only together with us will they be made perfect!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
The race of faith requires our total concentration. Jesus Christ is the author of all faith in that He is the living word of God. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. Jesus also perfects our faith through his prayers of intercession as we work our way through the trials of this life on earth. He set the perfect example of faith in enduring the cross and finishing the work God had for Him to do here on earth. He encourages us to endure opposition and never give up.
The writer of Hebrews encouraged the Hebrew believers to endure hardship as if it were the discipline of the Lord. The Lord always disciplines those He loves for their good and profit. True sons are loved by God and disciplined in order to share in His holiness. (Hebrews 12:10) Discipline is never easy or without some pain. Discipline produces righteousness for those trained by it.
The race of faith is an endurance race run by those pleasing God. God wants all in that race to win the crown of life. Today is a good day to refocus your life and thoughts on Jesus Christ. His greatest joy will be you and I in His presence for eternity. Are you running in this great race? The winner gets the crown!