God’s Marathon

If I understand marathons correctly, they accomplish several things: 1. They provide exercise. 2. They can benefit others. 3. They challenge observers. (Some accept the challenge; others do not). 4. Running can be difficult and stressful. (There are temptations to give up). A disciplined runner will never give up. 5. Runners sometimes stumble, or slow down to get their breath. But they resume the race with renewed determination. 6. There are goals and a finish line and rewards for a successful finish. God’s Marathon is our race through life. (Yes, I meant “race” because our brief time on earth passes quickly). If we know Jesus as Savior and Lord, our race begins at the moment of genuine conversion. Living Godly lives is exercise. Our example can benefit others. Some are challenged to enter the race; some will not enter. By God’s grace, we will never give up, even when we are tempted to drop out.  We will have setbacks, difficult and stressful times. God gives renewed determination and energy. There are goals, a finish line and great rewards that we can enjoy forever. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset (us), and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of (our) faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2a). George Orlia Webster’s hymn, “Looking Unto Jesus,” gives us the mindset of the Spiritual runner: “Let us run our race with patience, with a clear and single eye, ever pressing upward, onward, as the golden moments fly; there is much that may beguile us, from the way of truth and right, that our feet may never wander, let us keep the goal in sight. There are many things which hinder, these may help us t’ward the goal; in the struggle we may daily build the sinews of the soul, and we know that overcoming makes the victory more sweet, adds new notes to our rejoicing, when the Lord of Life we meet. Let us run with earnest purpose, keep a steadfast heart and true, it will help us in our running if we keep the goal in view; what a vision to allure us, as we press our onward way, vision splendid and more splendid, growing clearer ev’ry day. “Looking unto Jesus,” we the crown can win, “Looking unto Jesus,” we can conquer sin, “Looking unto Jesus,” let our watchword be. This gives Victory!” Selah! In Hebrews, Chapter 11, all who kept running have given us great examples, showing us that it was worth all the effort. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that they are cheering us on.  Ron 

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