Rev. Ray's October 04, 2021 Devotion
October 4, 2021, 9:00 AM

"In that day," declares the LORD, "I will gather the lame...” Micah 4:6

The Moffatt translation says, “On that day…I will collect the stragglers”

There were stragglers that lagged at the rear of the crowd trying to make its way back home. That may not be a Scripture that gets a second glance from the young and physically fit, but it is appreciated by others who cannot keep up like we once did.

Usually when there is a race in town they run down our street. We sit on the porch and wave as the runners and walkers go by. There are those who leap along as though they have hind’s feet, and there are others who pace at the speed of “Slow and steady wins the race."

The writer of Ecclesiastes realized that life's race is not necessarily won by the swift. The tortoise managed to beat the hare across the finish line by steadfastness; and Christians cross the line by steadfast faith. It is about endurance in a world where hurdles are many, valleys long, and mountains are high.

I ran cross-country in High School; and our coach constantly told us to not concentrate on the runner in front of us, but the unseen finish line. He said that if that runner disappeared around a corner for a moment that we might unconsciously feel defeated and slow down; but if we kept thinking about finishing the race we would keep on running the good pace.

That is true of the Christian marathon of life. The Bible says to not get discouraged (even when we feel like we are running behind) but to keep our eyes on the prize of the high calling. Remember that Jesus is the Champion who started and perfects our race; and if we want to win, He will not let us fail. The joy of finishing the race is yours child of God. Keep on running, walking, whatever it takes; this is your race and you will never run alone. Even if you fall, He will carry you.

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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