The Cheering Crowd

by Linda Veath

The crowds have been small this year. Our high school basketball team just can’t win a game. They played hard and determined but they aren’t a match for the majority of their opponents. If we’d been winning games, more people would have been in the stands. But with a losing record, people were finding it easier to stay at home. That included me.

And I felt badly about it.

Then I thought about Paul’s words in Hebrews, and how we have a huge crowd of men and women of faith watching us from the grandstands of heaven. Cheering us on. A great cloud of witnesses interested in the race God has set before us.

How can that be? And what if we are stumbling in our walk? Would they quit cheering for us? Would they no longer surround us because we have sinned, or the devil has tripped us up?

According to Paul, that’s not the case, and I’m thankful—however it happens—that there are men and women of faith in the grandstands cheering me on. (Of course, cheering the loudest is our Savior Jesus Christ!)

And just like we are surrounded by heavenly spectators, the high school basketball team also needs to know that people support them—win or lose. So if you’ll excuse me … I think I still have time to make it to the game. Go Bulldogs!

2017-10-03T18:58:57+00:00 January 21st, 2017|Devotional|Comments Off on The Cheering Crowd