Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Surviving Training

If you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe you land you fall down, how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan? Jeremiah 12: 5 NRSV

How ready are you?

Jeremiah wasn't so ready. He was complaining to God about how well the wicked prospered. He kept seeing that God was blessing them yet the people stayed as far away from God as possible. He wanted God to do something right then, to destroy those who were evil, to rid the land of those who no longer appreciated what God had done for them.

God replies that what Jeremiah has seen is only the beginning. You are becoming tired in the foot-race, Jeremiah? Wait until you are having to run against horses! Finding yourself losing your footing in the city? Just you wait until you are stumbling in the wilderness! You think your family listens to you? Don't trust them. I am about to give these all to a foreign land. They will be trampled down and ashamed.

You think you have seen the worst? It will get even worse yet!

You think you are ready for destruction? Just you wait until real destruction falls on this land!

If you can't keep pace now or have a firm footing at this time, how are you ever going to last when things get really tough, Jeremiah?

How ready are you? Do you think you are like Jeremiah, not yet prepared for the hard stuff? What will it take for God to get you ready?

God, we don't know what each day will bring. We just ask that you make us strong and full of courage for every race and wilderness experience that may come our way. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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