If you’re an athlete, you’re familiar with the phrase “hit the wall.” It simply expresses the moment when an athlete experiences a sudden loss of energy in a long race or in an athletic competition.
The book of Hebrews is written to a group of believers who “hit the wall.” They have become stuck where they are, and they are unwilling to grow spiritually. This could be because they have endured some form of persecution. It could also be because they are most likely Jewish Christians who are tempted to turn away from Christ and go back into Judaism. Either way, as a result, they risk forfeiting—not their salvation—but the blessings God has in store for them.
The author of Hebrews understands his audience so he draws extensively from the Old Testament to build a case that Jesus Christ is greater than the angels, Moses, the Old Covenant, its priests, and its sacrificial system. The writer argues that the superior beauty of Christ, the greatness of His sacrifice on our behalf and the promise of the unshakeable kingdom that He is bringing should encourage believers to have faith and stand firm in the midst of their suffering.
The Christian life is not easy. It is often filled with trials and tribulations, suffering, persecution and adverse circumstances. Are you facing any of these hard times right now? Are you tempted to give up? Maybe you’re asking if this Christian life is worth it.
I want to encourage you to not throw in the towel. God has not abandoned you, and He’s there to help you persevere through the tough times. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, and rejoice in your great salvation because Jesus is better and superior than anything else you could run to.
Do you have any pain points in your life right now? Stop and pray right now, and ask God to help you endure and overcome them.
“but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
Hebrews 3:13 NKJV