One of the verses in today’s GIG devotional is speaking to me this morning and God asked me a question through this verse today…”Who are you running this race for?”
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
He wants me to concentrate on “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses…”. He is wanting me to understand that I am surrounded by others who do not know Jesus and I just might be the only Bible that they are reading. I need to represent Him here on earth in all that I do and all that I say.
And just in case I might have missed His point, for me, in this devotion…He had Gwen include my life verses Isaiah 40:28-31 which begins with these words…”Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” I won’t share the rest since Gwen has included a fill in the blank with these verses in today’s devotional.
The point He is making with me is that I have to think about those who do not know Him or who do not understand who He is…they are my mission field and I have to keep, keeping on.
We are all Jesus’ hands and feet here on this earth and we have to persevere to the end and not lose sight of our prize…not just for ourselves, but for the other people who do not know and are watching us for their answers.
Gwen’s point in this devotion was not about the great cloud of witnesses and that is what I have found throughout the readings found in “The Trusting God” devotionals…Mary, Sharon and Gwen would be writing about one thing and God would bring me a different perspective to meditate upon. And isn’t that the point of a good message from God!!! It can touch each of us where we are living and encourage us to finish the race with perseverance.