Sunday, March 22, 2015
What God wants you to see in the cloud?
Hebrews 12:1-4 (NKJV) – Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
In Hebrews 12:1-4, Jesus, in His sovereign wisdom teaches us how to develop a strategy of winning in our daily living. You have a “cloud of witnesses” to the life of faith that you can consult with to see what they did to win. The New Living Version (NLV) of Hebrews 12:1 reads, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith…”
My friend, we are not designed to go through life alone but in a community that includes those who have gone before us. They have left their testimonies of ‘living the faith’ with us to be utilized in our journey. The word ‘cloud’ used in the New King James Version (NKJV) of Hebrews 12:1 means “a shapeless mass covering the heaven.” Metaphorically, it references a dense multitude, a throng; our entourage, if you would.
So God is saying to us here, in essence, consult Abraham! When God is moving you to unfamiliar places spiritually, geographically, professionally, relationally, etc., all you may have is His word and promise (Genesis 12:1-2). After consulting with Abraham, among the many things you may learn is that God’s word and promise are all you need. Genesis 12:4 says, “So [Abraham] departed as the Lord instructed.”
Consult David who was reported to be a man after God’s own heart and yet he experienced both triumphs and failures (Psalm 23). What did he do to win in the life of faith?
Consult Abigail who was married to a man whose name meant ‘fool’ and who often lived up to the meaning of his name. What did she do to win in life? Read 1 Samuel 25:1-44. Or consult with Sarah or Hagar or Joshua or Paul or Moses or Gideon or Dorcas or Peter and the list goes on. What did they do to win in the life of faith?
My friend, you are not alone; you don’t have to figure it out by yourself. There are resources, past and present, waiting to guide you along your journey of faith. Take a moment today and be determined to win no matter what you are facing. You are on a path that even death cannot defeat! See 2 Corinthians 5:1.