They assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash but with a relish to run the race to the finish, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to weep.
An Ironman Triathlon is about as grueling as it gets. Think about this – swim 2.4 miles in cold water, bicycle in the wind 112 miles, and then run/walk 26.2 miles in the heat of the day. The premiere athletes, who finish in the top two or three positions, complete the 140 mile course in eight and a half hours. For many the day is much longer, lasting up to 17 hours. While we live out our lives on earth, sufferings and trials can teach us to develop patience and perseverance.
Physical adultery does not originate in a vacuum; it begins with spiritual adultery in the heart. The hearts of the 10 northern tribes were unfaithful and corrupt. They had lost their way in their spiritual journey and obedience to God. The covenant God had formed with Israel on Mount Sinai in Exodus 24 and renewed in Joshua 8 was like that of a cherishing husband.
Jesus offers rest for us at the core of who we are when we surrender. We can be confident that He is walking with us, partnering with us in our journey (the yoke he offers) and thankful that the burden we are getting in exchange for the one we’re carrying will be easy to bear. Sounds like a no-brainer deal to me.
To share our faith, all we need is a willingness to tell other people about what we have discovered and how God has worked His will in our lives.
When those very tough trials come that test your faith, can you rest in God as your refuge and strength?
We need to stand strong for God’s truth, no matter what the rest of the world is telling us. We need to persevere in our faith and obedience.
When Jesus challenged His twelve disciples with the words “follow me”, He directed them to relationship. Christ desired them to have a relationship with God and then their families and communities.
Encourage those you see living for Jesus. But mostly let those without Jesus see Him living in you and me. Let us love and serve those we meet no matter what their circumstances. May we be more like Jesus.
It’s sad, how too many believers feel they are “gifted” to be a critic rather than an encourager. We all need to do a better job of leading in love to preserve harmony and relationship.
I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phones… if we utilized God’s word in the same way we did our smartphone technology? Something to think about!
No matter how old we are, God has plans for us. In Ps. 92:14 we read, “Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.” Aging will be a joy when we let God walk with us.
It’s interesting to realize, we really don’t possess what we have in this life: our homes, our jobs, our toys, our automobiles, or even our family. They are simply entrusted to us for a period of time by a loving God.