After a few weeks break from running due to wintery weather, spring decided to pay a visit, so I started out for my usual routine run. Approximately 3km in I had tired legs, was exhausted and feeling the stretch. I thought, “I am glad that I am not at the gym on the treadmill, because I would probably bail based on how I feel right now.” Being out on the track meant I had no options. I got out there and now I had to make my way home. You can’t just bail and decide you’re done and stop there, you have to finish. I remembered when Paul said, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
We can have an incredible confidence that, even when our flesh wants to bail, He says, “I started it, I will finish it.”
Aren’t you glad that when you have those “I want to bail” moments that you serve a God who doesn’t have too hard days, or tiredness to make Him retire? What He started out, He will finish. When He says in Revelation 1:8, “I am the Alpha, and the Omega, I am the beginning and the end,” He means it. He is who He says He is.
Usually the moment you want to quit, comes right before the miracle happens. Paul encourages us in Galations 6:9, “ So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Sometimes it’s just a matter of pushing on even when it hurts or it’s hard. After running another 1km with the burn in my legs, all of a sudden I hit a new level of energy. The fatigue and exhaustion seemed to have left my body and I found a new momentum. I ran 8km that day and finished what I had started, feeling great, but I had to push on or I never would have finished. We reap the rewards when we push on.
Consider the race that you are in. There is a beginning and there is an end. The bonus we have is that He is with us from the start and will see us through to the end. Hebrews 13:5 says, “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Keep running your race with confidence. He has the end in mind.