"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.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Word Searching the "Word"
First, although the majority of references do actually pertain to the physical act of running, a great many refer to actions that don’t necessarily make for as interesting, or at least as inspiring, a blog site. For example; the "running" through of a sword, as the water “runs", or of oil "running" down the beard. Although all scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, etc., etc., etc., for now I’ll narrow it down to those verses that describe our movement at any pace quicker than a walk.
Next, I couldn't help but notice the urgency that came through in people’s actions and responses. I realize that we are not necessarily talking about sprinters speed here, but time after time we are told that the crowds, the individuals, the disciples, the armies, all "ran" to their appointed destination. I found this especially interesting for those that heard of Jesus and were "running” after / to him. It made me think about our responses today in matters of importance. Do we often take our own sweet time, or even more likely, just put it off until we have time? How often do we desire to "run" in order to study scripture, to serve, to fellowship with others, or to hear the message.
On the home page I have two of my favorite passages on the subject. They have long been favorites; Jeremiah 12:5 and Ahimaaz’s run in 2 Samuel. Below I have provided a few more verses that I found in this quick search that really stood out for one reason or another. If you have the chance, you might even want to RUN look them up and put them in context!
Psalm 119:32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.
Proverbs 4:12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run you will not stumble.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.
John 20:2 & 4 In verse 2, Mary Magdalene comes running to tell of the empty tomb, then in 4, John and Peter run back to see it for themselves. Read it and sense the passion for which they ran.