There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9
Fear is something that grips most people at some point or another. It does not matter who the person is, there is usually something that they are afraid of. How each person deals with the fear is also very different from person to person.
When there is fear, there is usually the feeling that something very bad is about to happen. It could be something physical or emotional, but either way it will be bad, or at least expected to be very bad. As this happens, most people try to run from what they fear. They do not want to have anything bad happen.
During a miraculous display of God’s power, Elijah brought the drought to an end. When that occurred, the queen of Israel vowed to kill Elijah. He ran away. Up on a mountain, God came to him and asked him why he was there. Elijah basically said that he feared for his life.
Knowing God and His great power, love and mercy, one should never have to fear. Elijah had known the great power of God personally. He saw God work in ways most people had never seen. Yet, when threatened, he ran in fear.
Every believer has a power living in them that the world cannot overcome. There is no reason to fear. The worst that can happen to a person is death, which then becomes the best thing, because they are then in heaven with God for eternity.
Many believers, however, run in fear of the pain or suffering that may occur in the process. When they run in fear, often they run out of God’s will. God will then ask why they are where they are.
God can be asking you why you are where you are right now. Are you located in the center of His will and desires?
Or are you running in fear from something?
Know that God is the one who is in absolute control. You have nothing to fear. Even if you were the last believer on the earth, God is still with you and in control. And you will not be the last believer on this earth. There are believers every where in this world.
The enemy may be out to kill you, but God is still on your side. Trust Him today and don’t run in fear.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s control and power; that you will not run in fear; that you will always run to God; and that you will trust God in every situation.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1b-2
Running a race takes two things, perseverance and focus. There are many runners who have one or the other of these traits, however, it takes both. The person must be willing to keep pushing forward when the run gets rough and he is weary and worn-out. However, he must also stay focused on the end goal to keep moving forward correctly.
People who drive down a road, must stayed focused. If they take their eyes off of the road, they will begin to wander across the lanes or off the road. The majority of accidents that occur are because someone was not focusing on what they were doing, and so they began to wander of the path. Sometimes it is off the road, other times it is into the path of someone else, causing a collision.
In life, there are people who are focused on getting wealthy, or purchasing some item, or getting a certain position. Those who do not focus on anything in life, just wander around, not really accomplishing anything.
Believers have the same struggle. They must keep their eyes focused on Jesus. This will give encouragement to keep moving forward and to turn away from all sin.
The path to heaven is narrow and is only found through Jesus. If one is not focused on Jesus it will be easy to move off the path and lose the gift God is giving you of forgiveness and eternal life.
Focusing on Jesus is an easy thing to do, if you are willing to do it. Read the Bible daily and memorize some verses. Keep your mind focused on what God says about how to live life on this earth.
Take time throughout the day to sing a song of praise to God. Worship Him and your eyes will automatically focus on Jesus.
Looking at this world will take your eyes off of Jesus and cause you to leave the path. It will bring you into the path of sin and death, not the eternal life God has for you.
Where are your eyes focused today?
I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will focus your life on Jesus; that you will live your life as God desires; and that you will keep running the race God has for you.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but 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 not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31
Everyone has days of weariness. The business of things to do, places to go, and people to see gets to a person and they begin to slow down. It does not matter the age of a person, because given enough time and work, they will get weary.
Watch a young child running and playing. It appears as if he will never slow down or come to a stop. He runs on the Energizer battery, he just keeps going and going and going and going. But if one watches long enough, even that young child runs out of energy. Little children are known for all of a sudden laying down in the middle of the floor and going to sleep, or falling asleep with their face on the plate at the dinner table. Their energy has given out.
Isaiah says that there is a way to have more energy and strength. There is a way to have it renewed. It is found in having hope in the Lord.
Going through this life can be very wearisome. It can drain the energy of a person, especially when things are not going so well. It appears that you do good over and over again and again, and do not seem to get any good results. Things still go wrong and you get weary and want to quit. Most of the world will quit.
To keep going and renew your strength, focus on the Lord. Find the hope you have in Him. Keep in mind that one day Jesus will return and take you to heaven where there will be no more sorrow, pain or suffering.
As you focus on that, you will have the needed energy and strength to keep going. You will be able to soar above others in this world. You will be able to run and not get weary. You will walk on in the heat and not faint.
The reason you can do this, is because you know that in the end you will win with God on your side. Hold on to that hope in the Lord and renew your strength.
I pray today that you will personally know God; that you will know the promises God has for you; that you will trust God’s word to you; and that you will know the strength God can provide.
“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 9
Every person is in the race of life. At times during this race you may be walking very slowly. Other times you may be running as fast as you can.
The world tells you to run at all times. You need to get out there and do everything and get everything. According to the world you only have a short time on this earth and must enjoy it all as quickly as possible. So many things to do, people to see, and places to go with so little time is the motto of the world.
As a believer in Jesus, you are told to walk with God. God is never in a rush. God has all time in His hands so there is no reason to go fast.
Just like a person who walks slowly through the woods on a path because he wants to enjoy the scenery, you must walk with God to enjoy life fully. Do not forget that Jesus came to give you life and life abundantly.
John is telling you that if you run ahead and leave the teachings of Christ, you have lost God.
How is it that running ahead causes you to leave the teachings of Christ? As I stated earlier, you are to walk with God. This walk implies that you are next to Him and hear everything He says and you go where He goes.
If you run ahead you are no longer walking with God. You are now out on your own. You can no longer hear what God is telling you. You are now doing your own thing.
Slow down in life and walk with God everyday. Allow God to talk with you and show you the path you need to walk. Do not deceive yourself into thinking you know what is best or what is around the next corner. Trust God and God alone.
I pray that today you will walk beside God in every step of life; that God will guide your steps; that you will listen to God’s voice; that you will follow the teachings of Jesus; and that you will not run ahead of God.
I am adding an extra blog on a personal experience I am going through. I feel God leading me to share this for someone who is needing to hear this story.
At my workplace I am a dispatcher. My job is sitting at a desk for 12 hour shifts flipping every week from days to nights. While there I answer the phone, make phone calls, and do a fair amount of paperwork. During this time I often have very quiet periods that can last sometimes for many hours with no phone calls or anything at all. During these quiet times I do a lot of reading. I love to read. I read novels, the Bible, devotionals, help books, and information books of all sorts. I also love to read other people’s blogs, news online, and surf the internet for help in doing various things. Each of the dispatchers have always been allowed to do these things as long as the job was getting done as needed.
Recently my boss changed that ruling. During the day we are no longer allowed to read anything, not even the newspaper the company gets delivered everyday. When we work the night shift we can read though. Imagine how long a day can be when you cannot read or do anything and nothing is happening. It gets very long. At first I was very angry about the change. I could not understand why we could not read. All we were told is that we need to focus on our job more. I agree that I have messed up a few times over the last few years, but not enough to make that sort of change. After a few days of praying to God about this I learned something from God through this situation.
I used to be in the Army. I remember one duty station I was at they loved to run long distance. A short run for us then would be about 4 miles, with the average around 7-8 miles. And I never really liked to run, I did it because I had to. One day they decided to do a marathon level run of 23 miles. Prior to that I think my longest run was maybe about 10-11 miles at one time. I did not have a choice in not participating in this run, I had to run it. I decided at the beginning of the run I was going to run the entire way without stopping or walking, although I knew I would slow down to a very slow run at times. At the beginning of the run it was pretty easy. At some point though it started to get very difficult. At times it was very lonely running all alone. Other times it was the pain in the side or legs. One of the hard parts was not knowing for sure how far I had run or how far I still had to run to get to the end of the run. But I kept plugging along running. I had set my focus on the end of the race. I was going to make no matter what. I kept on running, and running and running, never seeming to get to the end. Well, eventually I did make it to the end. And I never did stop running till I got to the end. I was excited that I had made it. I was nowhere near the first to make the finish line, nor was I the last, but I did make it. There were some that fell out and quit. I didn’t because I had my focus on the finish line as the stopping point, no where in between.
How does this run from years ago link up with a dispatcher’s job? Glad you asked. As I prayed to God for direction about this “awful” situation He spoke to me. He reminded me of this long run I had done. God showed me several things:
1) He reminded me that I am to obey those who are in authority over me (Hebrews 13:17, Titus 3:1). God placed that boss over me and I must obey him as I would obey God. I must trust that God is in control.
2) I have to fix my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). He is at the finish line sitting down at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. That is where I want to be someday.
3) I have to run the race (Hebrews 12:1). There is no walking in the Christian life other than walking with God. In life it is a race. I need to get to the finish line. This brings me to the next point.
4) There will be struggles in this world (John 16:33). Jesus never promised an easy life, in fact He said there will be trouble. But He did promise that He would be by my side helping me all the way if I follow and trust Him.
5) God said I am to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Often I get too busy to take time to pray. I let the things of the world get in the way of praying. But God wants me to be praying all the time.
How did all this help me? I now look at this situation as one given to me by God. Just as I had to focus on finishing that run I now must finish the course God has put me on in life today. I now must focus more on Him throughout my day to keep from going crazy from boredom. Along with this it allows me to pray more. As I go through the day now, I pray. I pray for each person that walks onto the yard, for each person who calls or I call; and I take more time to worship God quietly in my spirit while I am sitting there doing “nothing”. I still get my job done, but also with that job I am giving God a chance to do even more. It has brought peace to my mind sitting there now. I no longer feel like I am doing nothing, I am working with God to change the world around me. I do not know how all these prayers will change things, I just know they will give God a chance to do something in the lives of many people. I also do not know where my finish line will be, only God knows that. I must only focus on Jesus and keep running this race till He tells me I have reached the finish line. I hope this encourages you today in whatever situation you are in in life.
Today I pray for you; I pray that God will touch your life through this message; that God will show you what He wants you to do today; that God will help you to trust Him in the “ugly” situations of life; that God will fill you with His peace; and that God will use you today where ever you are.