“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1.
We are told that there is a great cloud of witnesses that has gone before us.
This great company includes all those men and women of faith who walked this earth before us.
We know of their lives and stories, for we saw how they left their homes in search of a new land not knowing where they might come to.
Such was Abraham the father of our faith. And yet he struck out believing that God would be with him in his journey even though he knew not where he was going.
These are those who stood alone in the lion’s den trusting that they would not be harmed.
We know of Moses and how he chose not to be the son of a Pharaoh’s daughter, but rather found that he was to deliver his people from the chains of Egypt.
We know of the prophets who were ridiculed and even thrown into a pit because of their words, and yet they believed in whom they spoke of.
So with all of these people of great faith, we are now surrounded by them as we have entered into a time of great struggles and dismay.
May we look to the rock from which we were hewn, for out of it came these people. Their great strength and resolve should give us courage to endure any hardship.
And yet these did not receive the promise but they looked to that city whose walls endure forever.
Their paths can still be seen where we now walk even though thousands of years have weathered those roads.
In the still of the night and the early morning hours we can still hear their voices if we bend our ears to those sounds.
They would tell us to carry on in our journeys not losing heart but persisting in our endurance to the end.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?