Holding Out For A Hero
Since 11, I’ve been holding out for a hero. It was then that Bonnie Tyler compelled us through our love of the original “Footloose” to question “Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?/ Where’s the street-wise Hercules to fight the rising odds?”
Over the last several weeks, I’ve been studying the life of David. Cooper, my almost 6-year-old, is enamored with King David, so when I pick him up from school, he sometimes asks, “Mom, did you learn anything new about David today?” He asked that very question a couple of weeks ago. I replied with a yes and we’re going for ice-cream. Over ice-cream covered with junk — gummy bears, chocolate chips, cereal, sprinkles and syrup — I told Cooper the story of David and Bathsheba. When I was finished, he paused, looked up and said, “Well, I guess I need to pick a new guy to like.” I laughed a little and explained there was no one in scripture we could follow who wouldn’t have a story similar to David’s because… “There is only one perfect man,” he finished my sentence.
When the Philistines saw Goliath was dead, they ran away. And when God’s people saw them running away, they cheered. God had saved his people. David was a hero!
Many years later, God would send his people another young Hero to fight for them. And to save them.
But this Hero would fight the greatest battle the world has ever known. (The Jesus Storybook Bible)
We are inspired by great heroes of the faith, and we ourselves are able to inspire. But people can’t rescue people; only a Savior can do that.
Read Hebrews 11. Such an encouraging chapter for motivation and endurance in our race. But, my pastor recently pointed out what directly follows, Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Let men encourage our race, but look to Jesus.
And, know we’re no longer holding out for a hero. We’re only holding out for his return.