Throughout the Epistle to the Hebrews, the writer emphasized the importance of the future hope. His readers were prone to look back and want to go back, but he encouraged them to follow Christ’s example and look ahead by faith. The heroes of faith named in Hebrews 11 lived for the future, and this enabled them to endure. Like Peter, when we get our eyes of faith off the Saviour, we start to sink!
Since Christ is the “author and finisher of our faith,” trusting Him releases His power in our lives. I could try to follow the example of some great athlete for years and still be a failure. But if, in my younger days, that athlete could have entered into my life and shared his know how and ability with me, that would have made me a winner. Christ is both the exemplar and the enabler! As we see Him in the Word, and yield to His Spirit, He increases our faith and enables us to run the race.
Scripture says: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
Also consider: Hebrews 11:10, 14-16, 24-27) 12:2; Philippians 4:13; Revelation 4:11.
Action assignment: Decide to focus your eyes on Christ Jesus for the challenges you will face today, and for the uncertainties of life in the future. Thank Him that His power is released as you trust Him.
WARREN W. WIERSBE