Hebrews chapter twelve verse one states, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” As you seek to live out your destiny or as the text says—running the race that is set before you, you must note that successful endurance is based upon several prerequisites. You must first create and/or restock your cloud of witnesses. The text in Hebrews twelve finds its power in Hebrews chapter eleven which provides a list of witnesses that provide strength for the race. The witnesses, along with the meaning of their names are as follows: ABEL (breath), ENOCH (initiates), NOAH (rest), ABRAHAM (nations of multitudes), ISAAC (will laugh), JACOB (held by the heel or tricked), JOSEPH (God will add), MOSES (take out), RAHAB (in secret), GIDEON (cut down), BARAK (like lightning), SAMSON (like the sun), JEPHTHAH (God sets free), DAVID (beloved) and SAMUEL (God has heard). If we read the meaning of each name, there is an acrostic message which states: “The breath of God initiates rest to a nation of multitudes who will laugh. Though they were tricked, God will add and take out in secret and will cut down like lightning (those who tricked the multitudes). Then like the sun, God sets free His beloved because He (God) has heard them.” This is the power of chapter twelve which states wherefore seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses. What are your witnesses telling you?
You must “restock your cloud.” If you desire to write a book, you need a mentor who is an author within your cloud. A person who has never penned a book cannot assist you with what you will need to complete the task. If you desire to open a business, a person who works a regular job cannot provide the information that you will need to complete what you desire to do. The Book of Exodus teaches us that God used a cloud to guide Israel through the wilderness. In the same way, God will use your cloud of witnesses to guide you to the fulfillment of your dreams and assignments.
Remember—the power is in the cloud!