- The author refers to the many heroes of faith just mentioned who persevered in trusting God in diverse, difficult and sometimes deadly circumstances.
- Their faith trials should encourage us in our faith journey.
- We are exhorted to lay aside every encumbrance and sin and run our life "race" with endurance, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.
- Jesus focused on the joy set before Him, enduring the cross and despising the shame, then sat down at the right hand of God.
- Considering the hostility Jesus endured will help us not grow weary and lose heart.
- The author then instructs us to not regard lightly the Lord's discipline nor faint when reproved by Him.
- The Lord disciplines us because He loves us, like an earthly father disciplines his children for their good.
- All discipline is initially difficult, sorrowful.
- God's discipline results in sharing His holiness and eventually yielding the "peaceful fruit of righteousness".
- Therefore let us "strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble" and make straight paths for our feet (on our faith walk).
- The author then instructs us to pursue peace with all men and the sanctification without which no one will see The Lord.
- We are to see to it that no root of bitterness springs up in us and to guard against immorality.
- The author then contrasts God's terrifying presence at Mount Sinai with Moses and His glorious, awesome presence awaiting believers in the heavenly Mount Zion.
- Myriads of angels, the assembly of the spirits of the righteous made perfect, God the Judge of all and Jesus, our mediator of a new covenant, await us!
- Therefore, since the reward of our faith journey is an unshakeable, eternal kingdom, we should serve God with gratitude, reverence and awe.
- Our God is a consuming fire.
This scripture has been very impactful in my life! It has taught me the importance and value of discipline in general, and especially God's discipline--to share His holiness. Also, by nature I want to give up when difficulty arises. (I am definitely not one of those people who love challenges.) But growth and character change occur during perseverance. And I do want to grow in becoming like Jesus. He has given me my faith and He is the One who grows it. He has modeled trusting and obeying God the Father in the process. The reward of trusting Jesus and running the race to become like Him is incredible--the promise of heaven! And it is very sobering to know that one day I will appear before God the Father, God the Judge. I want to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant".
Father God, thank you very much for saving me! Lord Jesus, thank you for modeling obedience--to the point of death. You were faithful in all things. May my focus be on You as I run the race you have placed before me. May I not grow weary and lose heart. May I submit willingly to your discipline. Thank you for providing so many examples of people who have trusted you. May I reflect on their lives in my faith journey. And I ask this for all my brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen
Posted on Tue, October 13, 2015
by Brian Landers