Today’s Scripture: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1

I believe that Hebrews 11 was written to believers for our encouragement. We need encouragement because we are in a race. However, did you know that as we run this race we are being cheered on? I believe that those who have seen God are cheering us on. This cloud of witnesses is cheering you on. These witnesses have their own story of God’s faithfulness, and they are saying, “You can do it!”

These witnesses are not just spectators. They are people who were successful in the faith and passed their own test of faith. They might not have been successful in passing the test every single time, but they did succeed to a point where God elevated them to a position in Scripture. If fallen men like Samson, David, and Moses can be elevated, we, too, can be elevated by simply believing God. These heroes of the faith believed God, lived in light of that faith, and ultimately won the race.

Are you struggling today? Perhaps you are facing a steep uphill challenge in your Christian race. Whether it is health issues, marriage struggles, or difficulties with your children, be encouraged! The saints who have gone on before are cheering you on, encouraging you to not quit!

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.