But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. – Romans 8:25
Every Bible character is a testimony and witness to us as we walk on our faith journey. They each hold our their wounds, their joys, their experiences and their own relationships with God. Each of them giving these to us so that our faith may be strong enough to finish well. Each of them laying down their own sins, showing us a better way, showing us the power of hoping in not what is but will be. The message is a simple one, ‘I did it, it can be done, now run!’
How powerful our Old Testament was to our New Testament believers. That’s all they had for their encouragement. If they found encouragement there for their faith journey, imagine what those men and women of God could bless us with —
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. – Romans 15:4
Our encouragement is to run the race and do it well.
I think we are no different from any other person in a race – there are so many temptations to quit the race before we even finish. Endurance is what is needed to finish well. The Greek word for endurance is hupomone which means: “to remain under pressure or trials”, it means continuing even when everything inside you wants to quit. From our cloud of witness, endurance comes from hope of the future.
Ultimately, Jesus is our greatest hope. Our struggles in no way compares with His. And the hope He gives us is not only for this life but also for the life to come.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2