Running the Race


 Hebrews 12:1 reminds us to run with patience the race that is marked out for us and to throw off everything that slows us down. There are moments when life seems confusing and we feel as if we are running aimlessly. It is at those times important to look for the landmarks that God has placed along our way. There are people in the crowd  who God has put there to watch our race. There are the promises of God’s word that tell us when we have gotten off track and there is the quiet voice of our own conscience that pulls us back from dark paths leading away from God.
God has marked our course, but when we allow confusion to rule. temptations to enter or weariness to make us turn aside we get in trouble. The distractions of life do not have to get us off course. If it seems today that you are overwhelmed with a thousand things then it is time to step back and see the bigger horizon of eternity that is the finish line of the race God has given us all. There across the far horizon our struggle seems much smaller and the twists and turns of our race straighten out. There at God’s own throne we see Jesus standing waiting for us and encouraging us to go on. He is the one who fired off the starting gun at the beginning of our race and He is the one who is waiting to greet us at our finish line. Don’t give up. Don’t allow discouragement to rule your heart today. Don’t allow circumstance or obstacles to make it seem that the race is lost.

God will see us through but we need to run patiently, throwing off any sin, any struggle or anxiety that we are carrying while keeping our eyes on the horizon. There at the finish line there will be a reward. There at the feet of Jesus who has crossed over and who won the race we will find a place of rest and delight. Now is not the time to quit. God has a course clearly marked out for us. Our choice is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. God will see us through to the end!

Author: pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

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