Strength To Cross The Finish Line
“The Lord is my Strength and my Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.”
When you drive in the mountains of Arizona there are many highway challenges whether it be sunny weather or snowing in the wintertime. The semi-trucks are geared down and their strength is tested during the steep inclines. The brakes are tested for their strength during the declines. At times, I am sure the drivers must question if they were going to make it safely to the top, and back down again.
People who hike and walk nature trails often need an energy bar to boost their energy level in order to gain enough strength to endure the trail. If you have been a spectator at a run, you have witnessed a runner who has lost strength and very nearly collapses as he/she crosses the finish line.
Millie Stamm wrote a story about a “small boy who was struggling to lift a heavy rock”. The story went like this: the boy's father was watching him for a long time struggling trying to lift a heavy rock. The father asked him: “Are you using all your strength?” “Of course I am,” the boy replied “impatiently”. “No, you are not,” his father replied. “You haven't asked me to help you.” Stamm went on to say: “Like the little boy, how often we try to do things in our own strength”.
Paul was a self-assured focused person who was well-educated. Before he met his Savior he placed his strength in his personal credentials, however, after the meeting his life changed dramatically. For the remainder of his life he knew his calling was to glorify his heavenly Father. Because he faithfully served the Lord by sharing the Gospel to the Gentiles he suffered big-time, and endured many trials such as prison and persecution. However, he remained contented because “he could see life from God's point of view” (NLT). He knew his purpose in life, and did not depend upon his own strength to walk the trail, but he completely depended upon Christ to supply strength to him. The only times Paul applied his brakes were when he traveled on the missionary journeys throughout the Roman Empire, and that was because God placed stop signs, and he obeyed him.
He wrote to the Christians in Philippi and told them that he had “learned the secret of living in every situation”. Paul's secret was: “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need” (NLT).
God's people should try to see their objective in life from God's point of view, and be mindful they have Christ to supply the strength to do God's Will and to also face the challenges that arise. Our Almighty God will carry you up and down the mountains, help you lift the heavy rock, and carry you across the finish line without collapsing. Hallelujah!
Lord God, thank You for providing the strength we need to cross the finish line. Help us to “press on” to glorify You. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington