Life is a race.
Thank God that for the believer, the finish line is glory – or when we meet our Savior in heaven.
Thank God that while we run this race here on earth, God’s watching over us, leading us, guiding and directing us.
Even during those moments He may be shaking His head at us when we don’t do His will or fully trust Him, warning us when we place ourselves in risky or compromising situations, or when He’s sending His angels out on in droves for us when we ignore His leading at times, He’s still loving us, He’s still rooting for us, He’s still believing in us.
The Word of God says, “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.” Hebrews 12:1
The Amplified Bible version of this Scripture reads this way, THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
It’s time for us to lay aside and get rid of the sins that entangle us and keep us wrapped up in the devil’s territory; let’s shake off those weights and follow hard after God like a deer panting for water. (Psalm 42:1)
We can run our race knowing that God and great men and women of faith who have gone before us are cheering us on and claiming the victory for us every step of the way. (Hebrews 11)
Life’s race is not a sprint – it’s a journey.
Instead of focusing on what we don’t have or complaining about where we are in life now versus where we thought we would be, let’s decide, today, to enjoy the journey and run this race with patience.
Nothing worth having comes overnight… sure you may not have some things you may be believing God for yet, sure you may be believing God for a mate along with other goals, but remember that the word patience in Hebrews 12:1 means steadfastness, constancy, endurance…it means the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings, it means a patient, steadfast waiting for – a patient enduring, sustaining, perserverance.
So instead of looking around at how God’s blessing ‘her’ or how God’s doing that for ‘him’, or ‘them’, stay focused on YOUR race and continue to look ahead with Jesus as the author and finisher of your faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
Run your race with patience and joy knowing that at the end of your finish line, and even while on the journey – you win.
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14Kim Brooks, author of bestselling novels, She That Findeth, He\'s Fine...But is He Saved? and more. www.kimontheweb.com