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Running and Waiting

 

Isaiah 40

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
       and complain, O Israel,
       “My way is hidden from the LORD;
       my cause is disregarded by my God”?  
28 Do you not know?
       Have you not heard?
       The LORD is the everlasting God,
       the Creator of the ends of the earth.
       He will not grow tired or weary,
       and his understanding no one can fathom.  
29 He gives strength to the weary
       and increases the power of the weak.  
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
       and young men stumble and fall;  
31 but those who wait on the LORD
       will renew their strength.
       They will soar on wings like eagles;
       they will run and not grow weary,
       they will walk and not be faint. 

I Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 

 
Hebrews 12:

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 
 
How often do we find ourselves in the place of complaining, thinking God is far from us.  We think he has forsaken us.  We think “surely He’s not interested/concerned in my little life”.  As Isaiah quotes, we feel that our “cause has been disregarded” by Him.  Surely God has more important items on His to-do list than our little, insignificant lives . . .surely He gets wearied with our asking and failing . . right? 
 
“Do you not know?  Have you not heard?”  He NEVER gets tired of you!  Your “cause”, your life, are not outside of His thoughts.  He knows and understands COMPLETELY every detail!  And, YES, He CARES!!  Even better still — when you feel weak and weary, HE is the One who wants to give you STRENGTH!   He wants to empower you to keep going!  It’s not a vacation you need, or that one “thing” that you don’t have that you wish you had.  It’ HIM you need! 
 
There’s a race set before us, and we are ALL called to run!  This “race” = the focused determination to make the most of every moment of this life, in light of Eternity.  Every one is on the track ,and we MUST run.  This is not a turkey trot run/walk thing.  It’s not a shotgun sprint, either.  We are called to give our all to run after the Lord, loving Him and serving Him.  No one gets to opt out and walk, thinking, “well, those others are running, I’m not needed”.  But, blasting out of the gate as hard as you possibly can, only to burn out a little way down the road won’t cut it either.
 
We are running to WIN.  And that means a marathon pace; steady, determined, focused, efficient, persevering steps.  We’re not stopping or slowing down until we reach the finish line; i.e. the end of our natural life or the return of Christ (whichever comes first). 
 
However, our spiritual fervor — our passion and desire to serve God — does not come from us.  It comes from God.  As it has been said, “it takes God to love God”.  In our own strength, we tend to run out of steam eventually.  We get tired.  We have weak moments.  But, we’re not called to run this race by our own power.  We are called to be fueled with power from on High.  It’s a supernatural strength that causes us to NEVER grow weak or weary!  And, it’s for EVERYONE, the old, the young, the rich, the poor, the minister, the housewife, the student the doctor, the sales clerk, etc. 
 
The only way we will continue to run AND win is by waiting on the Lord. 
 
Seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it?  If we’re called to give our all for His sake, what business to we have sitting around “waiting” on the Lord?
 
Well, think of this way:  If you want to get to work, run your errands, visit friends, and do all the things you have to do in life,… you have to actually stop and put gas in your car, right?  Right! 
 
For anyone to live a life pleasing to the Lord and to fulfill His purposes for their life; to make the most of every moment and every opportunity — we must spend time in His Presence — in worship, prayer, Bible study, talking to God, singing to Him, listening to the voice of the Spirit.  There is NO way around it.  Otherwise, your running on fumes and you’ve got no power, though you may look ok on the outside and even go through the motions of life just fine.  You will be accomplishing nothing — perhaps still “on” the track, but going nowhere.     
 
Imagine yourself a waiter at a fine restaurant.  The Father is your guest.  You approach His table and ask what you can get for Him.  And He says, “Have a seat.  Let’s hang out for a while.  I’ve got some great things for you to do, but there’s no way you can do them.  If you spend this time with me, though, you’ll find a miraculous, supernatural deposit on the inside that will enable you to do this impossible!”  Not only that, He pays you really well, and is a good tipper! 😉  I would take a seat if I were you!

 
-Jessie 

 

 

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About Jessie

Lover of God. Husband. Dad. Director of the Furnace at Michigan State University.

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