Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Across our 5 translations, this verse refers to Jesus as the pioneer, perfecter, author, finisher, and champion of our faith. Jesus is worth whatever perseverance, whatever challenge, whatever struggle or hardship we must face. Jesus did not allow the difficulty of going to the cross to stop Him from going there for our sake. This picture is to encourage us in our trials and struggles, to be strengthened in Him who is with us and who has provided us help via the Holy Spirit of God. Do not give up! Jesus is with us and He is no stranger to the roads we are on.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
Have a bad day? Days? Why? If you are like me then maybe you started off great! Focused on our King and then you arrived at work. What happens? I almost daily ask myself that question. I get so frustrated with myself. Did I leave the Holy Spirit in the car? My struggle is the stress and then the complaining begins. Next…guilt, shame sorrow for the disappointment the Lord must feel. So, I repent and get back to running my race and waiting for the Messiah to return or take me home, whichever comes first.
Zephaniah 3:17 (FOCUS )
17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.