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Weary From The Race

September 30, 2014 by

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Life is a race.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.                                                                             ~ Philippians 3:12-14

In the Bible, life is compared to a race.

It has been said that life isn’t a sprint, but a marathon. I have never run a marathon, but I’ve exercised enough to know that when one takes on a marathon, he knows it isn’t going to be easy. Most of us are in this for the long haul.

So should we be surprised when it gets tough? We know it isn’t always going to be easy. Sometimes it will be downright difficult. Sometimes it stops us in our tracks and brings us to our knees. If we know this, why do we struggle so?

I would guess one reason is that we don’t like being uncomfortable. Yet, I know no one who would describe running a marathon as comfortable.

Fortunately for us, we serve a God who gives us everything we need to run the race. He has given us His Holy Word and His Holy Spirit. Much like a coach training us for the race, equipping us with the things we need to reach the finish line, and waiting for us at the end, our God is with us from the starting line to the finish line and with every step in between.

The key is that when we weary of the race and want to give up, we look to Him. Peter was walking on water. He only started sinking when he took his eyes off of Jesus.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  ~Matthew 11:28-29

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7

Let us learn from Peter and not take our eyes off of our King. Like Paul, let us endure and finish well.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.             ~1 Timothy 4:7

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. ~Acts 20:24

Often we weary of the race so much that we wonder what the point of this life is. If we need to run the race, it would benefit us to know why we must run it.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Ephesians 2:10

We were created for a purpose. Let us remember this truth when we feel like kickin’ off the running shoes.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. ~1 Corinthians 6:19-20

The truth is that the race isn’t about us. It’s about Him and His purposes. The good news is that He will equip us to not only endure, but to triumph. We only need lean on Him; sometimes daily, sometimes moment by moment. We all have times when we simply want to sit down and quit. This is when we must remember to keep our eyes on the author and finisher of our faith.

“…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 1:6

We cannot run the race in our own strength, but we can keep our eyes on the One who promises to help us reach the finish line for His glory.

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This post first appeared on Simply Jesus Ministries.

Shared at Time Warp WifeRich Faith RisingCornerstone ConfessionsSoli Deo Gloria SisterhoodSoul SurvivalTeaching What Is Good, Holly Barrett, Holley Gerth, I Choose Joy, & Chatting At The Sky.

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26 Responses to Weary From The Race

  1. Rick

    Wonderful devotion Heather! I love the verse you ended on, “being confident of this”.. for we are assured that this good work in us will be carried to completion in Christ Jesus! A confident hope causes us to wear out our Nike’s for Him!

  2. wisdom4wives

    This also reminds me of 1 Peter 4:12, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” Struggle isn’t “strange,” but we feel like it, don’t we? Thanks for this reminder to look to Him.

  3. Holly Barrett

    So many people writing this week on slowing down and not growing weary and waiting on God. Love that you have encouraged us to be strengthened through the Word. And to keep on running! Thanks for linking up with us at Testimony Tuesday.

  4. Heather@ To Sow a Seed

    Thank you for these thoughts. I saw them on just the day I needed to hear them (isn’t that how God works?). Having just moved well outside our comfort zone in life, I am finding myself pacing through the marathon. Such a good reminder that a prize awaits!

    • Heather

      I’m so glad you found what you needed, Heather. Our God is amazing, isn’t He? I know what it is like to be outside of your comfort zone. Keep your running shoes on because He is with you helping you to the finish line. Blessings to you and ours.

    • Heather

      Great point, Marissa! We learn the most when we have to push the hardest. Thank you for giving us a place to be the salt & light.

  5. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    What a powerful, important, and crucial post. Not a race, but a marathon. On so many levels that makes sense….

    From the preparation for a marathon, to the pace, to the long and steady, to the focus… WOW!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  6. bonniesteinborn

    Love this — and I apologize for not always getting to your posts — They always include so much truth and the Scripture to back it up. I wish I had all those Biblical references to add to my blog — Bless you for being such a great example.

    • Heather

      Please don’t ever feel the need to apologize, Bonnie. My posts are here to encourage those who need them when they need them. No expectations! Blessings to you, my dear Friend.

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