Tuesday, August 7, 2018

He Has Your Back

I am sure you have heard the old question --when you see the word "therefore" you have to see what it's "there for". I think one that stands out the most is in Hebrews 12:1-3.

"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart."

I have read this passage dozens of times, I have it underlined in my Bible but as I was studying chapter 11 and kept reading into 12, a bell went off in my head. I am not quite sure why the chapter break is even there. I mean, it is a great passage by itself but becomes so much fuller if you read the previous chapter first.

Hebrew 11 has been deemed by most as the "faith chapter" and rightly so. So many examples of extreme faith. Sarah being so old and being told she would have children, she must have laughed. She did. Abraham being willing to sacrifice his son. Moses leading complaining people for years.

Then our Hebrews author tells us therefore. And why? Because we too can have that kind of faith. Putting aside doubts and fears. Sin and worry. Because God's got this. He is on the throne. Sovereign, Immovable. Think of what our Lord endured on the cross for us. And it's that last phrase that clinches it. "so that you may not grow weary and lose heart".

It can be difficult to do the right thing, the thing that may get your heart pumping, the thing you have put off. Do not lose heart dear reader. He has your back.


  1. I love how God uses bible verses to catch our attention especially when it is one we have read many times before

  2. Hebrew 11 is definitely one of my favorite chapters of the Bible. I turn to it a lot! Thank you for highlighting it for me today again.

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  4. This is one of my favorite scriptures. God is currently having me work on"let us also lay aside every encumbrance" and the things that He is putting the finger on are good things, but they are an encumbrance and causing me to "grow weary and lose heart"

  5. Thank you Nicki - I had not hear the phrase "when you see therefore ask yourself with it is there for?"

    What a great principle - that really helps.

    Back to Hebrews = Since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance --> Wow. What a blessing. Thank you for making this much clearer for me

  6. I love when I have a verse that is highlighted and chalked up in notations, but then I can go back and see it in new
    light. That is truly what the living word is about.

  7. Dear Nicki!

    Thanks for your perspective on this.

    Yes, sure, it's almost always difficult to do the right thing.

    With love!
    Edna Davidsen

  8. I love this section of scripture. I love how God knows us. He knows how apt we are to lose heart. He doesn't condemn us but leaves us nuggets like this to keep us going. Thank you for encouraging us and reminding us. I'm going to copy that down in my notebook and get it back in my heart again today.


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