The eleventh chapter in the letter to the Hebrews is a “who’s who” of the faithful heroes. We have Noah and Abraham and Moses, who persevered through difficulties and dangers to bring God’s people to safety, trusting God to guide them. We have Rahab and Samson, David and Samuel, showing courage despite any threats. We have countless others who were subjected to great violence, torture, and even death all because they were faithful to God’s call on their life. Jesus follows in that line, offering redemption for all people for all time in his obedience, suffering, and sacrifice.
The author of this letter paints a picture of these heroes as part of the great cloud of witnesses who are cheering us on as we run the course God has set before us. When we feel discouraged or we become tired of trying to do the right thing, we can imagine these heroes encouraging us and urging us to continue pressing forward in our faith.
Who would you add to the author’s list in terms of your heroes of faith? How did these heroes live out their faith in big and small ways? How has their faith shaped yours? Who could use a word of encouragement today?
Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for those who have mentored you in your faith.