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Push On —Do Whats Right — Relax
8/4/2017

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Gal. 6:9 (NKJV)

A few years back I was out on a ride with my friend David.  He was sharing some swimming tips that he had learned through his personal triathlon training.  He told me that when I get to the wall at the end of the pool during my swim training, that I should not look to it as the finish line—especially if I was fatigued or short of breath.  He said, “To just continue to make my turn, push on, and work through it.  Continue to do what you know to be right and relax.”

As David continued to explain, his wisdom became very clear.  He went on to explain that when a person gets out into the open waters of the ocean, there isn’t a wall for them to hang onto when they find themselves anxious, fatigued, or short of breath—he said, “If this happens, you just need to work through it.  Slow down if you need to and regain your breath and calmness, but continue to move forward.”  David said by ignoring the wall at the end of the pool, and continuing to swim and work through these tough times, it made for great preparation for the actual swim during his triathlons. 

As I thought about this, I couldn’t help but think how this simple principle could help us in our Christian walk as well. Let me explain. 

Often times when we face the trials and crazy times within our life, we can find ourselves much like a fatigued swimmer in the pool—we can suddenly find ourselves overwhelmed, anxious and looking for a wall of sorts—a place where we can find some stability, rest, and safety. I believe calling upon the name of Jesus is our wall, or strong tower during these times. 

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. Prov. 18:10 (NKJV)

But I also think there are times when the Lord will call us to push through our tough and challenging times, because they will prepare us for when we will get out into the rougher waters in our Christian walk.  It is during these times we remember God’s word—asking us to lean not upon our own understanding, but to acknowledge what He has told us to do within His word (Prov. 3:5-6).  As we continue to take steps of faith to move forward, and we call upon the Lord in prayer and supplication, we will usually find the security and safety we are seeking in Him.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 (NKJV)

Hey, maybe you’re dealing with something difficult and you’re feeling like you are out swimming for your life in a rough turbulent ocean—it can a separation within a relationship, a deadly disease such as cancer, a job situation, or lack of work, or perhaps financial uncertainty.  In any case, it is causing you to become anxious, fearful and emotionally fatigued—you’re looking for safety, rest, and peace of mind.  If this describes your circumstances, or feelings, I want to encourage you to trust in God with every aspect of your heart and mind.  Seek Him in prayer, and continue to push forward—working through those tough times by continuing to do what you know to be right according to His word.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to God’s promises?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God with every aspect of your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Continue to seek God in prayer—keep your mind fixed upon Him, trust Him, and continue to do what He has asked according to His word.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your faithfulness and love for me. Thank You for Your promises within Your word—promises that comfort me when I am tempted to doubt, worry, or fear what I am facing.  Help me to remember these promises, and Your will—especially when I am facing challenging situations.  I ask these things in the precious name of Jesus, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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