Bible Thought

Run the Race: Knowing God’s Will

Hebrews 12:1 and 2 say that we should run the race that is set before us. Each one of us has a personal race that God wants us to run. But that does not mean He sends us out on the race course without a map.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

—Hebrews 12:1, 2

Map — The Bible

God has given us His Word to be a guide to us and help us know which direction we should be pursuing in our daily lives. Doing God’s will is equivalent to obeying His Word. If you won’t obey the Bible, then you aren’t doing His will.

It is amazing to me the number of people who say they want to do God’s Will, but yet they won’t obey His written Word. I had a friend in school who told me one day that he wanted to serve God and do His will, but he didn’t think church was important and that he would not congregate with other believers. Whatever your opinion is on organized religion, you can’t deny that God says we should not forsake assembling with other believers (Hebrews 10:25).

Endurance — Run With Patience

Doing God’s will requires that we patiently endure the race that is in front of us. If you have ever run(or even just watched) a marathon, you can appreciate the great endurance that is required. No runner will do well in the race if he runs as fast and hard as he can during the first mile. He will fizzle out or quit long before the race is over. When doing God’s will it is required that we have patience that will last a lifetime. You have to banish the thoughts that say, “I will commit to doing God’s will for the next 3 weeks and then reevaluate after that.” No, you need to make a commitment that you will follow and serve for the rest of your life.

Example — Jesus Christ

These verses say that we can look to Jesus as an example to follow. We should not look to other men and women and try to emulate them. While they can be great encouragement for us, we need to remember that people may fail at times. Be careful of putting people on a pedestal and basing your desire to serve God on their life and actions. Our example should be Christ who finished His course just as God planned for Him.

For doing God’s will, we have a map obey, a command to endurance and an example to follow.

By dpeach

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