Athlete, Be Encouraged by Biblical Heroes


Athlete, Be Encouraged by Biblical Heroes

Tom Petersburg

Hebrews 11:37-38 (NASB)

They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.

The Bible passage for today is not meant to make you feel like you really don’t have it so bad in the current pandemic. 

This is a good time to look back at the “heroes of the faith” recorded in Hebrews 11. They were men and women who had to trust God to accomplish His assignments during incredibly difficult circumstances. None of them made the list by good times.

If you connect with a couple friends for Bible study, divide up the list of men and women in Hebrews 11 and share your findings. Several things will stand out:

* fear and courage

* failure and success

* sin and obedience

As you read their stories, look for evidence of God’s faithfulness in their lives. Note aspects of His character that show up — His power, providence and presence. These men and women help us see our own lives more clearly, especially what we trust in for our security.

Step into the lives of other Bible characters through two books: Twelve Extraordinary Women and Twelve Ordinary Men, both written by John MacArthur. 

The lives of several courageous missionaries of the last 150 years will stretch your faith. Find a book on one of these men:

* Hudson Taylor, British missionary to China in the 1800s

* CT Studd, world-caliber British athlete, joined Taylor in China, then led a mission in Africa

* Brother Andrew, smuggler of Bibles behind the Iron Curtain after WWII

* D.L. Moody, prominent evangelist of the 1800s in America and Great Britain

These men and their wives led incredible ministries that had an impact on several continents. Through their joy, fear, faith and a ton of miracles, you will see God’s unfailing faithfulness. 

Athlete, you were wired for these days of turmoil. Keep stepping up. 

Tom Petersburg  |


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