It was in September when I started running, going out to early jogs, doing exercise and kicking a healthy habit after that Chinabank funrun. I was reading through Word 4U Today yesternight when this message was just right on time. The verse used was also the theme verse on our 32nd church anniversary. I am sharing it here word for word with my personal amplification. Thanks to the Edge!
Isaiah 40:31 They will soar.. They will run.. They will walk
Watchmen Nee wrote a best selling book entitled The Normal Christian Life. Why such a title?
Because only when you understand what’s ‘normal’ in Christian living,
1. will you be able to recognize which season you’re in,
2.evaluate your circumstances accurately,
(Now, what season are we in today?)
At one point, Paul raises a man from the dead; at another point he writes, ‘We despaired even of life’ – 2Co 1:8
The bible says, ‘Elijah was a man just like us’ – Jas 5:17 NIV. Yet one day he’s calling down fire from heaven, the next day he’s suicidal and in depth of depression.
(These bible characters whom God has chosen to be used for His glory had their seasons of life – they’d been at desperate moments, sad days, painful times – but they also soared higher – calling out fire from heaven, wow, raising someone from the dead!)
Now, you (and I) can’t use this as an excuse for spiritual lethargy (apathy, coma, dullness idleness), but you (and I) must be discerning. Faith doesn’t exempt us from life’s season; it just enables us to go through them victoriously.
1. If you are a flier:
If you are being blessed by God and experiencing success beyond your natural abilities, enjoy it. But always remember, your ability to fly comes from God – not you. Forget that (thinking, boast about it), and down you’ll go.
2. If you’re a runner:
Thank God you’re still in the race. Don’t compare yourself with high fliers or you’ll get discouraged, and don’t compare yourself with walkers or you’ll become proud. Just keep running and your time will come.
3. If you’re a walker: Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Some days pain, discouragement and fatigue make it impossible to fly high or run; all you can do is walk without fainting, and even that’s hard. No problem; give yourself permission to be where you are. Walking counts with God. When it’s the best you can do – it’s enough.
In life, there are a lot of seasons – we won’t stay strong, always on top, always encouraged, but those who will run the good race will emerge from these season and inherit the prize.
Let us not
Galatians 5:7 – You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?
Hebrews 12:1… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..
And let us consider this
Acts 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
In the end we may say
2 Tim 4:7 – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.