Life, Faith & Running
". . . let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
(Hebrews 12:1, NIV)
(Hebrews 12:1, NIV)
Oh, God's faithfulness! The vastness of it my mind cannot comprehend. My ability to emulate it is so subpar I can't even handle it sometimes. Which is actually a good thing because my inability to be as faithful as my heart desires to be reminds me daily that I am in need of my savior's power and strength in my life. In my own strength and with my human passion I can accomplish no good thing. But holiness in me given through the cleansing of the Holy Spirit is my only defense in a world torn apart by impossible standards, words that divide and the fickleness of human nature.
And when nothing or no one else is steady, my God is. He is steady in my life, just as he was throughout the Old Testament, New Testament and all of history. How I wish I could comprehend all of history so that my doubt would have no nutrients to live on. If I could comprehend all the God has done to be faithful to his creation I believe there would be no way for me to question his faithfulness in my life.
But I am finite. Nonetheless, I am not without worth, purpose, or intelligent design. Even in my finiteness I am worthy of God's faithfulness--undeserved, unearned faithfulness. And I am called to show others the transformational power of this faithfulness at work in my life. I am called to be faithful and to love as I am loved. To accept love and deny condemnation.
God created my heart to crave affection, acceptance, belonging, freedom and the power to set captives free. But my heart gets muddied up with the desires of this world and sometimes replaces my desire for God's applause with the seeking of man's praise. And sometimes I get confused about where my value and worth come from--leading me down a disappointing path because very few people can see the beauty that Christ can see.
YET, God is faithful: He guides my every step. And when I am broken down from living for faulty ambitions he meets me on my knees. He meets me in that place where I confess that I have lost my way, again!
And he says, "I am faithful. I am for you. I have great things planned for you(Jeremiah 29:11). You can't even comprehend the things I have for you (Isaiah 55:8-9). And even in your unfaithfulness I work all things for the good of those who love me(Romans 8:28). You are my preciousness and nothing will ever change that (Matthew 10:29-31 and Romans 8:31-39). When you turn to me you will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not grow faint(Isaiah 40:28-31). I have a dream built into you and you will accomplish it in my strength because the dreams I put in you are my dreams too (Jeremiah 1:5). The dreams I put in you are to point others to my kingdom and to set captives free(Luke 4:18). Through my faithfulness and your obedience the world will be changed."
Today, I choose to rest in the promises of my faithful God.
Her family and friends know her as, Jaci. She is the wife of a pastor, a mom of four, writing and communications education instructor, a visionary and an avid runner. As a firm believer in the power and effectiveness of the body of Christ united together to live out the Great Commission, she holds fast to this verse, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). Of equal importance to her are these words, "...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).
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