You Are Never Alone!
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses.… — Hebrews 12: 1
At times you may have wondered, has anyone else ever experienced the kinds of problems I’m experiencing right now, or am I out here all alone? No, you’re not alone! Hebrews 11 records the remarkable feats of faith accomplished by various people in the Old Testament. These were people who had to fight and struggle as they waited for the object of their faith to manifest.
Their walk of faith was a great, great challenge. Because these Old Testament saints stayed with what God had told them to do and never gave up, they eventually saw His blessings begin to operate in their lives. Nevertheless, nearly all of them endured great, difficult hardships and challenges before their victory came. To let us know that we’re not alone in our own walk of faith, the writer of Hebrews says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12: 1). Notice that it says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses....” The phrase “compassed about” is taken from the word peikeimenai, which is a compound of the words peri and keimai. The word peri means around or to be completely encircled by something. The second part of the word keimai means to lie down. When these two words are compounded into one word, they mean to lie around, as if something has been piled high and is lying all around you on every side. This is the portrayal of being completely encircled by something that is stacked high on every side!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!