You ever find yourself in a place where you’re questioning if you are really a child of God? Forget all of the hypotheticals and rhetoricals…Really deep down in your soul. Are you running a race of faith or just running without purpose?
Paul tells us…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…I have really been thinking perhaps I got an injury in this race that took all of my stamina and endurance away. There was a time in my life if there was anything needing to be done in the church I would always volunteer. My memory takes me back to being church secretary, choir director, events coordinator on and on. Yet somewhere along my racing path either I took a wrong turn, got bit by a poisonous snake or lost my faith back at mile marker 576. Regardless, there is an emptiness constantly haunting me. And in this quagmire of my mind resides an ungrateful jester, who rears his ugly head from time to time. Thus lifting my guilty conscious to a new low and giving hypocrisy a status rung. Yet I’m fighting to get outside my head.
Perhaps I took a wrong turn and wound up in LoDebar or is it Ziklag? You see, LoDebar is a place of loneliness, it literally means no pasture land. It represents no hope, dry wastelands, and a place of desperation. Lately, because or my present situation; have been feeling hopeless in the desert of my life. However, desperation is really no asset as it causes you to act hastily without thinking the process through. Solomon writes, “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 29:20 ESV)
Ziklag means pressed down. You know, like pressing olives until fresh oil comes out? David had been using Ziklag for a base camp and one day when he and his mighty army returned…When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. But David found strength in the Lord his God……..(1 Samuel 30:3-4 NIV) David was pressed to his limit…
and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” I’m going out on a limb here and say that’s what we must do pray to God and wait for an answer with an attitude of worship. Wasn’t it David who said, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14 KJV)
David went to pursue the enemy army with 600 men, but had to leave 200 behind. Yet David kept going with just 400 men. He had a word from the LORD. He wasn’t depending on his own flesh but the arm of the LORD. David fought them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled.David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. (I Samuel 30 KJV)
When David reached Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, “Here is a gift for you from the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.” David sent it to those who were in Bethel, Ramoth Negev and Jattir; to those in Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa and Rakal; to those in the towns of the Jerahmeelites and the Kenites; to those in Hormah, Bor Ashan, Athak and Hebron; and to those in all the other places where he and his men had roamed. (I Samuel 30:26-31 NIV)
What are the irrefutable unchangeable timeless truths throughout this post. There are going to be various things that happen during this race. Certain things that attempt to hinder us, to get us to quit. But no matter the obstacles or how impossible the situation my look. You may be pressed beyond your limit, but we must keep going until the end. And when we finish our course bless those that blessed us along the way. For our reward is great and just like David we can and will recover all. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)
Until next week…Blessings and Peace.
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