"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Running Ahead of God

My wife was sharing some thoughts the other night relating to Abraham's initial impatience with God's promises. How Abram's desire to "hurry up" and force God's hand led to significant consequences.  As she read through the commentary, she kept referring to the term 'Running Ahead of God.'  Naturally, this led me to consider applications for both our spiritual and physical journeys. 

Most importantly, the idea of staying alert, self-controlled and focused, while waiting on God's timing, is a primary point. It is a core element of our faith that we trust in God's goodness, even if it is not revealed as we might have planned. As to our running, and in particular the upcoming Run For God program, it is a very similar lesson on trusting a plan and prioritizing pace. In fact, the reason that we have a 12 week plan is not because we WANT to take that long to prepare, but because we MUST.  The moment we 'run ahead' of our plan is the moment we begin to introduce injury, fatigue, misery and poor performance.  We can't fulfill the purpose of the plan by attempting to shortcut it (at least not without consequence).

There is a common saying, "Good things come to those that wait." On the surface, that actually sounds contradictory to the thought of making it happen today, not waiting until tomorrow.  The difference, I believe, is that our call to make the most of today, (giving, serving, growing, grabbing life by the horns), is in obedience to avoiding idleness and a realization of the brevity and urgency of life. It does not guarantee that results are immediate or that the fruit of that labor will ever be known.

On the other hand, the call to waiting patiently is a heart issue relative to our petitions, our callings, our understanding. The willingness to trust in God's timing, when answers aren't clear, is a reflection of our relationship with Him. When we begin to get out ahead of that timing, or our 5k training plan, we should expect to experience something significantly less than full potential.

2 comments:

  1. TRUST. That's the word I chose to focus on for 2012. Just in the last few days, it seems TRUST has been the subject of my daily devotionals and now your post. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Lavonne, thanks for the comment. What a great principle to dedicate the year to. I know you will be blessed in many ways and experience new growth by deepening that trust. Will be anxious to check in from time to time.

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