Last night in Bible Study we were studying the 12th chapter of Hebrews and there are just so many good things in there. But I really liked some of the things that were said about this first verse:
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, Hebrews 12:1
The "cloud of witnesses" in this scripture is the people in chapter 11 where they are talking about different ones that "by faith" they did this and "by faith" they did that. Such as: " By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac," or "By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaohs daughter," We call chapter 11 the Hall of Fame of Faith.
These are the people that verse 1 in chapter 12 is talking about and also our loved ones who have gone on before us. These are the ones who are our witness and they are cheering us on to the goal. I think of people like my grandparents and my aunts and uncles that are in heaven. I love the thought that they are there cheering me on home. Maybe they are saying things like: get back up Cathy, we all fell sometimes too; Keep on moving forward; Keep the goal in sight. You can do it. Jesus is right there with you.
So if you're discouraged, Don't Give Up! Hang in There! You have a whole crowd cheering you on.