Antedote to losing heart
This is immediately followed in the letter by: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" — exhortations to follow in those same footsteps, throw off sin, run the race of faith — all this, despite the seeming lack of answers to prayer. This seems to be asking a lot!
What are we to make of all this? Well, thankfully, there is verse 2 and 3... and 4 — we are pointed to Jesus, the one who perfects our faith, the one who has gone before us. And, as the author of Hebrews says, "Consider him... so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." How much we are tempted to lose heart when our faith is stretched, when prayers aren't answered, when the life of faith seems like a hard road to travel, or the "here and now" is full of disappointments. I appreciate this reminder in Hebrews. It is at those times that I just need to focus my mind to "Consider Jesus" — that is the biblical antedote to my growing weary and losing heart.