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. Hebrews 12:1-2
The next portion of the text I will share about is “let us run with endurance the race set before us.” The New King James says, “run with patience.”
Patience according to the dictionary means, the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. This is a foreign idea for many Christians especially today because as many have called us the microwave or instant generation.
Hebrews 6:12 says, “that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” The saints had faith and patience which enabled them to inherit the promises of God. Both go together, I could give many passages about patience but for the sake of not going too long I won’t.
Although there are times when you and I believe God for something it happens immediately, there are more often times where we have to have patience. I like how the definition says, patient people don’t get angry or upset while waiting. This is key to us finishing our race of faith because often times people don’t want to wait and they instead get upset and angry at God for the delays and quit.
Delays require patience, if we are to receive all that God has for us. We need to learn to not only have faith but to practice endurance or patience. The heroes of the previous chapter had patience and if you read the whole chapter which few do some did not see the promise but they still endured to the end.
So, how do we practice endurance in the race of faith let me give you a few things that will help you endure until the promise is fulfilled in your life.
First, keep building your faith, don’t rely on yesterday’s faith but continue to build. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God the scripture says so hear the Word of God daily. Now a lot of people believe this is just listening to the latest message but I believe it is more important to read and study God’s Word for yourself, this makes it more personal.
Second, be a person of prayer. Prayer is communicating with God which for a believer it is essential to maintaining endurance. You learn about a person the more you spend time with them and it is no different with God. Spend time with Him.
Third, become a person of praise and worship. If you’ve never spent personal time in praise and worship start today. Begin thanking Him for what He has already done for you and simply begin to praise Him leading into worship which can be more personal. Joy comes from His presence so spend that time and you’ll see your endurance level increase.
Lastly, take time to give to others. Whether it’s a word of encouragement or something monetary like money give. Giving does something in us it takes our attention off of our problems and focuses on someone else’s needs. God loves a cheerful giver and God greatly rewards those that give.
Until next time…..