Unshakeable Devotional - Run The Race

Run The Race

If you ask anyone in my life, they will tell you running is just something I am not good at. Growing up an athlete, you would think it would have been developed somewhere in there, but let me tell you, it wasn’t. I’ve tried many times to become “a runner”, each time with its own failures. I was training for a marathon while in college. One morning I went out for my training run when I tripped on the sidewalk, putting a huge gouge in my knee and shattering my phone! One set back, I can handle that. The next week, I was back at it. This time, I only made it around the corner before I tripped again, hitting the same injured knee causing more pain. Needless to say, I did not run that marathon.  

Many times, our lives can look like this. We set out with such good intentions, but then the storms and roadblocks come and give us pushback, and we feel like giving up. When you finally land the dream job, but it isn’t quite what you expected. When you are in your Word daily and praying, but it just feels like you still aren’t healed, or when your marriage is falling apart. It feels like you’re taking two steps forward just to take 3 steps back.

James 1:2-4 says “2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” That term endurance means “the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.” God uses these trials to produce in us a faith that is tested and enduring. In running, endurance is the ability to run for longer periods of time. That does not mean there won’t be rocks in the road to fall over or you won’t be out of breath. Rather, it is the ability to continue running through the pain. Trails are not just another thing we have to experience, but God is intentional about every season we walk through. The true goal is  not to break us down or cause pain, but, as the scripture says, so that we “may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”

We are not guaranteed a life without trials or storms, in fact, we’re promised they will come. But without them, we could not exercise our faith. Even though you can’t see a way through right now, we can stand strong knowing “He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

I recently decided to give running one more chance, and while it has not been easy, it has created consistency in me. Allow God to use your circumstance, your trials, your tripping points to strengthen you. Don’t give up the race. He is working all things for you, He loves you, and He is rooting for you.

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3 Comments


Harold - May 20th, 2020 at 6:15am

Amen. Simple and powerful.

Marie Thomas - May 20th, 2020 at 9:13am

Amen

Joan Inniss - May 23rd, 2020 at 8:38am

Amen! make you stronger.