What seemed to be so natural and come so easy growing up, now seems to be a monumental achievement.
One of those things for me is when I would walk the water ditch to the intake and clear out any blockages. That was a common occurrence since we lived in the mountains and received our water supply out of the “good ole mountain crick.”
Back then I would run up to the ditch with no problem, but recently when I was back home “reality hit” when I had decided to make the climb for memory sake. Well, I sure couldn’t run up anything and actually thought someone would have to carry me out on a stretcher.
In the same manner, I have many friends that have run the Christian race tenaciously much of their lives, but now they’re out of the race all together.
It reminds me of the scriptural story of King David, who we all agree was an incredible example of a “more than conqueror” as we are exhorted in Romans 8:37 to be. In this passage he was once again fighting giants, but now finds himself struggling for the victory that once came easily. We read in 2 Samuel 21:15- 17 that Abishai, Joab’s brother, jumps in to rescue the king and spare his life.
In our lives, there will be times that spiritually and physically you will not be as strong as you once were in your journey. That can be because of a lot of different circumstances, whether because of unforeseen events or maybe because of a season of apathy in your life.
The bottom line is it doesn’t have to be the end of your journey. You might be tired but that doesn’t mean you’re done! God has ordained you to finish strong and fulfill his purposes, like David did. (Acts 13:36) There might be bumps, ruts and even some curves, but Jesus is cheering you on in your race. The heavenly cloud of witnesses (Hebrew 12:1) are some of your biggest fans and cheerleaders.
I remember my coach in high school would always say to the team “pace yourselves.” He knew the game was going to be a long, therefore if we were going to finish victoriously we would have to give ourselves times of refreshing and rest.
When David and his warriors were younger and in one of the fights of their life we see a great principle that we all need to take to heart and implement in our journey.
It says in 1 Samuel 30:10, “David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor.” One-third of David’s mighty warriors were so physically and emotionally weary that they couldn’t pursue and fight the Amalekites, who had taken their families captive. Yet, in the midst of this urgent dilemma we read that after recovery of their families, David stops any condemnation and shares the spoils of war with those that stayed with the stuff. (1 Samuel 30:22-24)
Paul tells the Galatians not to grow exhausted to the point of quitting, for we will reap the benefits if we stay in the game. Paul also told the young church at Thessalonica to tenderly encourage those that were apt to quit along the way.
Just like some of David’s warriors we might get exhausted and need to rest, but that doesn’t mean we will lose out of the benefits of the war. I encourage you to pace yourselves and finish strong in the faith!
Visit Bill Virgin’s blog at www.billvirgin.com. He is a speaker, author of several books and pastor. Bill and his wife Laurie pastor Life Christian Center and have four daughters.