February 21st, 2016
A friend ran the London Marathon when she was 70. When she had run about 20 miles, she felt she couldn’t take another step. A police officer came out of the crowd and said, “Come on, ‘luv,’ you can do it.” And she did. She took the next step, and another, and finally reached the finish line.
The Christian life is not a marathon, but a life-long journey of faith. It isn’t always an easy journey. The believers to whom the letter to the Hebrews was written had faced persecution because of their faith in Jesus. They had been faithful in spite of suffering in the past. Now, they seemed to be in danger of drifting away. They are urged to hold on to their confidence and persevere in doing God’s will. Those who do will receive a promised reward.
We need to keep our goal in view, as the heroes of faith did. Moses “was looking ahead to his reward” and “persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:26-27). When we have no strength for the way ahead, God will help us take the next step and finally reach the finish line, where Jesus awaits us.
Author: Juanita Nelting