“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” (12:1)
So easily entangled. What a perfect way to describe our situation. It’s so easy to overreact, worry, shift blame, harbor bitterness, slander, feed egos, be lazy, be selfish, prioritize the wrong things, rebel, lash-out, complain or forget to keep the main thing the main thing. What even is the main thing??
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (12:2)
The joy set before Him was to finally reconcile mankind to the LORD; reintroducing intimate relationship with our Creator, defeating the death that plagued us.
Have you ever been separated from a loved one? Have you ever dreamed up the lengths you would go to reunite with them? The cross was the length Jesus went for us.
Our sinful nature has stolen so much. Chapter 11 sings of normal broken people “of whom the world was not worthy” because they believed God when He said He would do something.
We were afraid to touch the mountain, because we knew our own unworthiness. By paying for us with the blood of Jesus we became worthy and have been invited in once again.
I get so caught up. I’ve talked about my struggle to not lose hope as I stand in the middle of this refugee crisis. Today, I feel the LORD saying:
“Have faith. You’ve asked for something I want to give you. You love these people, because I loved them first and shared my heart with you. Do not despair, even if things look bleak. I promised Abraham and Sarah a biologically impossible thing. I promise. Have faith. Throw away your worry, throw away your fear. Do not become entangled, cast your cares on me. When all else fails, I will remain. Have faith.”
What is He saying to you?