“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Hebrews 12:3

Hiking long, rigorous trails is one of those things that is painful while I’m in the midst of it but brings joy later. Longer hikes are mentally challenging as much as (if not more than) they are physically demanding. One of the ways I have learned to deal with the mental challenge is by focusing on something other than my sore muscles or the miles that still remain. I concentrate on the beauty of the sun as it hits the different terrains that I am covering. This redirects my attention to the splendor of everything I am seeing and takes my mind off the agony. 

The author of Hebrews tells us that the Christian life takes endurance that we just do not possess outside of God. Furthermore, when we focus on the Son, we see that what Jesus endured on our behalf is far greater than any burden we face. As we center on the encouraging fact that Jesus is both the object of our faith and the source of our endurance, we’re freed from the weight and challenge of our circumstances. Through the Holy Spirit, we can walk in faith with Him. 




Scripture Focus

Hebrews 12:1-13

Insight

As you face overwhelming circumstances in life, be reminded of the promise of Scripture that the founder of your faith has also promised to perfect it.

Bible In A Year

  • 2 Chronicles 7-8
  • Psalm 11
  • Matthew 16-17