After that wonderful list of the heroes of faith of whom we read on a former occasion in Hebrews 11, Paul goes on to say:—
The eyes of onlookers stimulate the runners in a race, therefore since all heaven looks on, let us not flag till the goal is reached.
Let the grandest of all examples nerve us. Think how Jesus ran the race!
Our trials are little compared with those of the martyrs of the olden times. Courage, brethren, these are small matters to faint about! Moreover, our chastenings are love tokens from God, let us not be alarmed at them.
Yet no one should pray for troubles, or be anxious because he is without them: they will come fast enough and thickly enough ere long, and when they do, a blessing will be in them.
While we are smarting, we cannot expect to feel the good result, but afterwards it will be seen. Let us wait and pray.
Give help in money, in comfort, and in instruction, as men require it.
Hebrews 13:20, 21
A rich benediction, fitly closing an epistle, in which the prominent theme is the perseverance of the saints. Lord, fulfil this blessing in us.
When my comforts fade and languish,
When bereaved of what was dear,
When the body faint’s with anguish,
And my bright hopes disappear:
Can my spirit soothe and cheer.
When in heaven I bow before him,
Trace his love’s continued stream,
And in perfect songs adore him,
Where his unveiled glories beam;
Shall be my eternal theme.