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 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.
There is a race we are running, in this life before us; and some days I am bone weary. Sometimes I feel like the pistol was fired long before I made it to the starting gate, and I am looking for my running shoes. Have you ever been there, friend?
Galatians 6:9 reminds us not to grow weary in our doing well, “for in due time we will reap, if we faint not.”
Weariness often takes our eyes off the finish line and places them on our own striving.
Sometimes all we need is a gentle nudge, an effortless smile, or a simple word of encouragement to fill our lungs with the fresh air we need to take the last few strides to the finish line in our day.
I am reminded of the importance of a well-timed word, an intentional act of kindness, the prayer of faith, and the ear that waits with grace.
And I am blessed to know that the best route to be a recipient of these tokens of mercy is to bestow them first.
Today would you remember that you are appreciated and that you are seen?
Today would you remember that you are loved by God?
Today would you remember that there is a great crowd of witnesses cheering you on?
Look up in to the glorious light of His countenance which is lifted upon you and bask in the warmth that radiates through His love for you. There is a gathering crowd watching in anticipated excitement cheering you on to the finish line of life, urging us to keep on because the end is wholly worth the toiling, working and striving.
Listen close to the gentle whisper and let faith rise up. Hear the roaring of the crowd of witnesses urging you on.
We need the reminders for the journey friends.
Today when the milk spills or the next thing breaks,
when the tears fall or the temper flares,
when the heart is hurting or the questions go unanswered,
Don’t quit running the race, because the power of that gentle whisper is strong enough to silence every lie that our fickle hearts are tempted to believe.
After the earthquake there came fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper. ~1 Kings 19:12
In order to run the race, friends, we have to be willing to show up and start. It doesn’t matter if we are first or dead last, all that matters is that we keep our eyes on the finish line because our victory rests solely in Him.
He has qualified you.
He has enabled you.
He has filled you.
Look for the encouragement as you go…it is hidden in plain sight.We can run straight into His Word to find the love notes He leaves for us, scattered abroad to the right and to the left, always leading us up the narrow path that leads us to Christ.
Isaiah 55:11 reminds us that His Word does not return unto Him void. It encourages me to soak up and speak out His promises into every circumstance.
Psalm 16:11 imparts the promise of joy is our sheer reward as we enjoy the presence of the Father on this journey we are taking each day. It encourages me that joy is never based on how I feel but rather whose I am.
Proverbs 15:3 reveals the omnipresence of the Lord. We have a faithful Father whose eyes take us in and in whose presence providentially surrounds our every step. It removes the barrier fear erects in the path I am walking in faith.
Romans 15:13 fills us with the encouragement of hope and joy overflowing in power by his Holy Spirit. It echoes the power of hope that is so strong it bubbles up and over the edges of my vessel for the purpose of drenching others.
Today when you lace up your running shoes and head to the starting gate, listen for the gentle voice of the One who sees your end from your beginning, allow your spirit to respond to the deep of His own and be encouraged to finish well.
We can easily be pulled to the side of the path by the distractions of the day. Sometimes we even lose sight of the reasons we are running this race. We forget because we have taken our eyes off of the finish line.
Lift up your countenance upon us, Lord. Fill us from the reservoir of your deep well of grace and let our hearts hear the whisper of your voice as we let each footstep bring us closer to the finish line. Thank you for every heart reading these words, Father. Let them know they are being prayed for and lifted up, remind them of the great crowd of witnesses urging them on. Not only can they make it to the end, but In Christ they will surely finish well.
Thank you that we do not run this race alone, Lord.
In Jesus Name,
May all your journeys be blessed by grace,
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