What do you do when you feel like giving up? Everyone has that moment when they’ve been struggling with something—it may be a health issue, a broken relationship, financial problems, or depression—and they start to wonder if they have the strength to keep going because they just can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.
If you find yourself at that point today, I want to share some encouragement with you from Hebrews 12 and give you a powerful reason to keep on keeping on. Hebrews 11 is the “faith chapter” that tells us about great people of the faith—Abraham, Moses, Rahab, David, and many others. Their stories are sources of encouragement in and of themselves. But I want to focus on a phrase that starts off the first verse of the next chapter. Hebrews 12:1 tells us that we are surrounded by a huge crowd of witnesses.
What Paul is saying is that you don’t want to give up because heaven is watching and cheering for you. That’s encouraging news! You have an audience. Nothing you have ever done has been hidden from heaven. God sees it all! As Job says, “He sees everything I do and every step I take” (Job 31:4 TLB). And Jesus tells us, “Even every hair on your head has been counted” (Luke 12:7). God knows every detail of your life. He watches every breath you take. There are no secrets between you and him.
And it’s not just God who’s watching. Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Moses, and all the other saints are there as well. How is this encouraging? When you start to get discouraged, remember that people who have gone through terrible circumstances are watching to see how well you’re enduring. When you feel like giving up, remember the people who have gone before you and are offering you encouragement through their life stories of faith.