Devotion for May 11
By byFaith Staff

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:1-2).

In every generation, God sustains his people through trials to provide encouragement to surrounding people and subsequent generations. 

When the prophet Daniel was old, he remembered what God had done for his young friends — Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. When Daniel faced new trials, he remembered how God had helped Jeremiah in a previous generation. Then, when Daniel dreamed of trials yet to come, he also foresaw the Rescuer who would overcome.

So, Daniel was helped through hard times by being surrounded on all sides by a cloud of witnesses to God’s faithfulness. The writer of Hebrews offers similar encouragement. In a time of persecution, he calls reminds readers of the faithful witnesses in present and previous times to inspire continuing faithfulness.  

Scripture reminds us of such grace that has come to instill trust in the good yet to come. We trust God to do as he has done. We do not base our trust on words alone, but on generations of God’s care. 

He’s the protector of past, present, and future generations. If that cloud of witnesses seems remote or obscure, then you should remember the greatest present witness of God’s goodness is the Holy Spirit bringing you to faith. 

Even if all is taken from you on earth, you still have Jesus. He is behind and before you, above and below you. You are surrounded by Jesus in the cloud of his ever-present grace! 

Father, your Word shows how you always provide what is best your children. When I face trials, surround my heart with this cloud of witnesses so I fulfill your purposes.

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