"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.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"David Ran Toward the Battle Line" (1 Sam 17:48)

Most everyone is familiar with the story of David and Goliath.  In fact, as footballs start to fill the air, references to this underdog-done-good passage will be thrown around every weekend. The problem is that our familiarity can tend to keep us from seeing the many life lessons that scripture can teach.

I was reminded of this as I drove home from work this past week. In scanning the stations, I came across a short devotional segment on one of the local Christian radio networks.  The first thing I heard was, "and did you catch that, David RAN to meet Goliath."  I can't recall why I didn't hear the rest of the comments, (I either arrived at my destination or had a phone call), but regardless, he had me at "ran" and that got me thinking ever since. 

In short, 1 Samuel 17:48 tells us that; As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. To me that speaks volumes about the courage and faith which David possessed in this seemingly overwhelming situation. Of course, I'm reminded that throughout scripture God uses the act of 'running' to point out aspects of passion and commitment.  Think about the run of Ahimaaz or the disciples running to the empty tomb. These are intentional details that help us understand the urgency of the situations and applications to our own journeys.

My personal takeaway has been to consider how I approach my Goliaths. I think that I tend to take them on pretty well, but I can't say that I always 'run' to take them on. Through prayful consideration, wise counsel and a strong conviction, our willingness to take on these challenges by moving toward them, might just be the difference in victory.  A problem at work, an issue at home, a devastating health report.  Whatever might come to stand against us will likely not go away until we face it.  And if we are going to face it anyway, then maybe we should run toward it. Easier said than done, I know. But I pray that we encourage one another in this area and make this one of the key points to a familiar story.

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