Memorise Hebrews 12:1
“…we are also compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses…”
The great “cloud of witnesses” are the good examples that the Bible has recorded. In Hebrews 11, the great heroes of the faith chapter, Paul cites them – from Abel to Enoch, to Noah, to Abraham and even Sara. They bore good witnesses through their great faith and they pleased God, and their lives become testimonies for us to follow.
Likewise, we should also exercise faith, great faith, like them. We ought to have the faith to take God at His Word, and never doubt His promises. Faith also means obedience to what God commands. If it is an animal sacrifice that God instructs, then Abel offered thus to God and God accepted his excellent sacrifice. Enoch walked with the Lord and had a pleasing testimony to God, and God was pleased to translate him into heaven, without dying. Simple faith knows that God can do anything and God can do the impossible.
Therefore there is much profit to be had in studying the lives and witness of the many good characters in the Bible, even with their flaws and imperfections, but also how they overcame their trials by faith. In that, we would learn of the dangers of sin, and be minded to lay aside these weights that would hinder us in our own spiritual race. We realise that we are certainly not alone in our struggles, but through faith we can certainly overcome them. In examining their lives, we would also be inspired to have the patience to run our own races, knowing that the same Lord who preserved them is also the one who has promised to guide us in our lives.
Dear teen, study the good examples that abound in the Bible and you will be much blessed and profited by it. By God’s grace, may you be inspired by their great faith and seek to please God. Notice that you also need to “lay aside every weight” and so you must be strong and single-minded to focus on your spiritual growth. The distractions and attractions of the world will only hinder your growth and even stifle it. As you patiently read your Bible and pray consistently, you will be surprised how the Lord will abundantly bless your faithfulness.
Thought: Jesus is our greatest example of one who had perfectly obeyed all the laws of God.
Prayer: Lord, may I constantly keep before me, the lives of these great men of faith. Thus may I put aside all temptations and sins and run my race faithfully.