Contributor: Pastor Henry Seymour
“1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
A lot of us observe Bible characters and tend to feel they were super human and we could never measure up to them. We look at many of their exploits and say that could have never been us. Maybe or maybe not. They may have done extraordinary things, but on the contrary they were human and felt pressure, pain, and failure just like us.
This truth can be seen in many of those characters’ lives. Abraham made a life changing mistake (Gen. 16:1-4). Instead of trusting God’s timing, he went ahead trying to help God out with the child he wanted by sleeping with his maid. King David was a murderer (2 Sam. 11:14-15). He killed to get what he wanted. Rahab was a harlot (Heb. 11:31). She made her living by one of the world’s oldest professions. Apostle Peter was foul mouthed and a deserter (Mark 14:67-71). He denied Jesus at a time when he should have spoken up. The Apostle Paul persecuted Christians (Acts 8:1-3). This group probably wouldn’t have been elected to most church boards. But their stories illustrate their human nature and the awesomeness of God’s grace and mercy.
However, they all also had a secret weapon. They all, though broken and human, all trusted God to do great things. Hebrews 11,