Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” The ever present God is our fortress, a source of strength and cheer. With Him we can meet life’s challenges triumphantly.
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us …”
Here is an allusion to the Olympic races. The contenders were often greatly animated by the consideration that the eyes of the principal men of their country were fixed upon them; and by this, they were induced to make the most extraordinary exertions.
In the military, we are equally watched but officers and NCOs over us, subordinates under us and a vast array of “cloud of witnesses” we are aware or unaware watching and listening to the things we do and say.
Do you know what you are running for and your motivation? Are you running for medals or ribbons. Don’t get m wrong, medals and ribbons are good things. They show that you can and will be recognized for doing above and beyond workmanship.
Paul tells Timothy about a different award he should run for, “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8
We should run the race God called us to run, whatever it is and do our best at it but always remember that justice, integrity, righteousness and honor are values more important than medals and ribbons. Godly right living trumps everything in the life a game of Righteousness, Awards, Advancement (Rock Paper, Scissors game in real life). As those who ran in the Olympic races, throw aside every thing that might impede you in your race.
As you cross the finish line, these are the words you want to hear, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:23.
“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” Psalm 61:1-3
When your heart is overwhelmed, it’s easy to forget that God is there, waiting for you to turn to Him. Often we worry, stress and struggle with our problems, looking for solutions in our own power, and feeling faint of heart. What can we do? Who do we have to turn to? We feel alone and desperate, afraid to wake up and get out of bed. It would be easy to stay there and avoid our problems, but that doesn’t solve them.
Thankfully, God doesn’t forget us! He’s our refuge, our shelter, a strong tower from our enemy. When our heart is overwhelmed, when we feel like the world is against us, when we feel like giving up, we can run to God, who is always there for us. He’s our loving Father, who wraps us in loving arms and comforts us. He protects us from the enemy, and He is our rock when we falter.
Thank You God that He cares for each of us. We can place our trust in Him, knowing that even though the storm rages around us, we are safe in His love.