“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.”
Memory Verse: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7
Lately so many things seem to be happening all at the same time and while some people are moving at a fast pace, some at are slow paced and likewise some are stagnant while there are some who are playing catch-up. We are all at a position where we are adapting very differently to changes in life but most importantly is the longevity at which people can keep going at exactly the same pace. All involves strength and the question today is where does yours come from?
Running a Marathon is definitely different from sprint and trying to run those races at the same speed will not only lead to exhaustion but possibility of losing the race in all. Running a sprint at the pace of a marathon means we will most likely be without a medal by the end of the race as others will have completed long before we started.
Life is usually likened to a marathon and it is ideal to run it at different paces in order to become successful. Every pace requires strength and the strength is built over time. The power of preparation ahead of a marathon cannot be taken for granted as the body needs regular training to build up strength for the big day, so we see runners start by carrying out daily drills, running almost every day to build their inner strength; the go the extra mile and keep pushing themselves.
The Christian journey is not a sprint expected to end and for a fact it’s a journey that last a life time so we cannot assume we have completed being a Christian and move on. There is no moving on or moving away from the Christian journey as it’s a life time race and to keep being in the race, using human strength impossible because it is unsustainable.
Moses grew tired from holding His hands up during the battle against the Amalekites but God had already positioned Aaron and Hur to support Moses’ hand until the battle was over, Exodus 17:11-12. This was only possible because the children were facing the battles in life with the strength of God.
Life will never be a bed of roses for anyone and if Jesus could suffer trials, condemnations, rejection and all sort of terrible things then we know what the journey ahead looks like but our strength in God is able to help us become successful despite all challenges we face in life.
There are prizes to be won but only for those who complete the race successfully and this race ahead can only be successful if we run with the right strength.
- Father I thank you for your goodness which I daily experience
- Help me Lord to believe strongly in you and not to rely on my own strength
- Help me Lord to draw strength from you and to live a life worthy of your calling
- Help me Lord to run the race till the end and not to give up on the way side.
- Forgive me of my shortcomings o Lord and help me to live above sin
- Receive my sacrifice of praise for in Jesus mighty name I pray, AMEN