Cloud of Witnesses

How interesting to be living in modern times. So much effort to replicate God’s great design. If only man’s efforts were all for godly purposes, and not so often for selfish gain.

Infused with creativity in the image of the Creator, replicating and fashioning is a part of what we do. It is built into our DNA. It’s only when we become full of ourselves, instead of filling up on God, that things spiral out of control. Like the earth deciding to spin off it’s axis, catapulting from what grounds its purpose and course, cataclysmic results would occur… think of a gigantic wayward bowling ball warp speeding through the universe. The potential wrecking effect is the same for ourselves when we go it alone, careening and screaming into the dark.

But for God. Hebrews 12:1 talks about a “great cloud of witnesses” that surrounds us, those in the unseen who are cheering us on and praying for us, urging us to continue the race, to keep going through all the hard stuff, the dark times where we are unsure, uncertain, lost. Happily, even in dark, dim, or twilight times, we are never alone… though we have a hard time seeing.

After asking for prayer from an online group, in just a few hours I had dozens of responses from people I have never met. Yet as Christ followers we are sisters and brothers, all members of God’s family, depending on Him to see us home. In reading over their prayers and encouragements, Hebrews 12:1 came to mind… a modern day example of a “cloud of witnesses” right here on earth. Others who also have experienced the reality and power of God working in their lives, who have found through walking in faith that He is indeed trustworthy through everything one experiences…and that, one person at a time, only Christ’s final payment defeats the sin and evil within man that pours into and endeavors to overtake the world.

A cloud. Prayers heard through a modern day “cloud,” joining those praying from the unseen. Another reminder that the race we are called to run, to endure, is indeed worth the effort. And along the way God provides evidences of His truth and reality, if we would but look to see Him… everywhere!

Hebrews 12:1-3 NKJV “12 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, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

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