The unknown author of Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB) states:
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
This morning, I woke up with the verse “Fix our eyes on Jesus” on my mind as my thoughts were wondering while praying. When backing up to the beginning of the chapter, the word “therefore” stands out. What is the author saying? Well, Hebrews 11 is a chapter of faith and legacy. With the definition of faith laid out through the lives of so many biblical heroes, the author leads into Hewbrews 12. In the light of their lives and especially the life of Jesus, my petty problems seem pretty small. My faith is often shaken by the minutest of things set against the backdrop of Christ’s life and what He accomplished. I doubt Him over the little things instead of trusting in Him for the big things that the Word of God says about His faithfulness. So, for today, I am thankful that I can “fix [my] eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of [my] faith.” Will you join me?