I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart. Psalm 119:32
Its a little bit funny the way that obeying the Word of God and exercise are similar. Both are advantageous to our health, wealth and well being and so often we allow the flesh to dictate to our spirit man what the body is going to do!
I grew up in a home that was across the street from a park that had a fabulous cinder track…my siblings would run it, the track teams would run, would race, jump hurdles…and for a few seasons I got involved with what they called Junior Olympics. That was fun and something to look forward to. I remember how proud I felt when my high jump height would increase and my time for a race would get better….and then Christmas would arrive and our tradition seemed to be that us kids would run around the track after dinner to wear off some of that amazing food we consumed.
Well, guess what? After a quarter of the way around I would feel like giving up because my lungs would be bursting for air and my legs felt weak….hmmm…what happened? I had not been consistent in running the course. As a result my capacity for air had not been enlarged ~ I ran and grew weary. And it seemed to be easier to run in the dark when I couldn’t see how far I had left of the track to run. My thoughts would hijack my efforts because I would think that it would be so much easier to give up and what was the point anyway?
Jesus wants us to run with Him in the light of His Word, to run in the way of His commandments. As it says in Isaiah 40:31
Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
When we think we cannot run another mile, take another step or breathe another breath, we must keep on walking step by step, line by line, obeying precept after precept until we find we are skilled at second mile living.
We will, with determination and perseverance learn to walk in the ways of God. We will learn how to stand in Yahweh as we make a commitment to walk in truth, grace, love and unity.
When we think we are tired, He will give us strength to run because we have been waiting upon Him, serving Him, loving Him and even though we may not be aware of it, He has been enlarging our heart to run with the horses because He has seen that we have not wearied with the footmen. Jeremiah 12:5
He is strengthening us according to His Word!
When we feel as if life has dealt us a raw blow and we feel pressured to buckle beneath its force, look at Jesus.
He stood in our place taking the blows for us and now we stand in Him. Nothing can remove us from the place next to His heart.
Stand in Jesus ~ perfect and complete, absolutely loved, completely forgiven.
Stand in Jesus ~ stand immersed in the love of the Father, the truth of God’s Holy Word and allow Jesus, the Word made flesh, this Child born King, to exalt you and lift you up above your natural circumstances.
He loves you so very much. Will you make room in your heart for Him this Christmas season, holding Him close as you treasure His Word cradling it in your heart? Will you allow your heart to be the home He dwells in?