Pastor Lonnie Phillips
I remember as a young man, around 16 years old, my track coach entered me into the 400 meter race. I was a sprinter so I had not really trained for this race. When the gun went off, I shot out of the blocks. By the 200 meter mark I was ahead of everyone and remember thinking to myself this was going to be easy. By the 300 m mark it was as if a big gorilla jumped on my back, I kid you not. I could not feel my legs and wanted to give up. I kept my eyes on the finish line ...but finished second in my heat. I almost made the finals but vowed I would never run that race again after dry heaving for 45 minutes.
I believe many Christians today are trying to run the race of faith, like I ran the 400 meters, we start out excited, explosive, with great zeal, and even a little cocky. However, when life starts hitting back and the kingdom of darkness starts attacking, we can easily grow weary and tired. The key to the race of faith is learning how to run this race. We learn by being trained and empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is a race that is not meant to be run on our own strength or on our own terms. This race of faith is one which God promises to supply us with strength, renew us in spirit if we will learn how to wait upon Him.
There is a beautiful promise of God found in Isaiah 40:31, "Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary."
This new strength that God desires to supply to every follower of Jesus Christ is given when we "wait upon Him". It is when we try and live the Christian life in our own strength and enthusiasm where we will eventually get tired and weary and even lose hope.
Whatever may be weighing heavy upon you today, the key is waiting upon the Lord. Seek Him, pray to Him and depend upon His Spirit, then you will be given new strength to run the race of faith the way He has called you to run it. Thank You Jesus for new strength! Amen!