The race is not given to the swift, but to the one that endures until the end.
I started miles apart from my fellow runners last Saturday morning. I was tempted to run at their desired pace. The speed demon was in one ear, while God’s voice was in the other. God told me to run at the pace He had purposed for me, and at the finish line I would see how He blessed me. As I began to listen and run at God’s desired pace, I started to take the lead. In the end, I had finished miles…not minutes ahead of those that had out paced me in the beginning!
It’s YOUR race of life. It’s you and God. Don’t get me wrong, I encouraged others along the way…”Good job”, “Keep it up”, etc., but the purpose was to listen to God and spend time with His plan, not any one else’s. The race that God has for us may look deceiving to our fleshly eyes, but the spirit will guide us to enter into the lead of the pack. It’s HIS desire for His people to prosper.
The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands (not only the 10 commandments, but His voice) of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Deut 28:13
RUN YOUR RACE, NOT ANYONE ELSE’S! BE STRONG AND PERSERVERE WITH A HOLY PLAN….AND YOU WILL SO HAPPEN TO HAVE BEATEN THOUSANDS AROUND YOU (OR THE ODDS). THE INTENT IS NOT TO HURT OR DAMAGE THE COMPETITION, BUT TO HAVE THE SOLE INTENT ON OBEYING THE FATHER. HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST!
For He says…Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you. –Matthew 6:33
What’s for you is for you, for there is no competition in life when you obey the Father.