Truth be known, the Christian life is impossible. Only with Christ can we live it. But to answer like that is to avoid significant role that we have to play.
The finish line reveals a lot about a runner. Some barrel through the line, others stumble or waver over it, and others start to slow up as soon as it’s in sight. Isaiah used an eagle in 30:31 as birds are known for their speed. When we are weary, God supplies immediate strength. How we receive it is up to us. We can waver and stumble over the line, fear and slow as if we’re not sure we’ll make it, or barrel through with all of our strength, unconcerned of running out of all we will need to cross the line victoriously.
Scripture often refers to faith as a race. The Bible teaches that we should deliberately discipline our by sacrificing time and effort to know God better, running with purpose in every step. We should be as serious as an athlete in training.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 says, “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? Run like that, that you may win!” All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. so I run with purpose with it in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training could you what it should otherwise. I fear that I will become disqualified if I don’t.
Sometimes, but allows the race to get harder so we can build our faith. This happened with Jeremiah. He was complaining to God about the opposition he faced, and God answered him this way:
“If you have a rash with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how can you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?Jeremiah 12:5
As we put our hope in the Lord, our strength is renewed so we can “run and not grow weary.”
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and no be faint.Isaiah 40:31
Gain understanding because we run on God’s race track, “ in the path of His commands.”
I run in the path of your commands, or you have broadened my understandingPsalm 119:32
Others have run the same race and they are cheering us on, telling us we can do it, urging us to get rid of the things that in our lives that slow us down so we can “run with perseverance that race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus.”
Hebrews 12:1-3 says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders ass in the sand that easily entangles us. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith. For the Joyce sent before Him He Endured the cross, scorning at shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured much opposition from sinners so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Sometimes we will also have to endure opposition and make sure that nothing cuts in front of us and stops us from running with perseverance:
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?Galatians 5:7
Note that the rates depend on obedience to God’s truth. That is why is important to run as the scripture encourages us to run. Then, our earthly race comes to an end, and we can run into eternity with these words on our lips:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.2 Timothy 4:7