Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
All week I have been redirected by construction signs all over my neighborhood. The road is ripped up; furniture trucks are making deliveries; all kinds of re-routing going on!
What if I did not know how to get to work? But, the truth is that the signs are letting me know how to get back on the right road that will lead me to my destination.
Whether young old, the more we walk with the Lord the more we recognize how the "road less traveled" is often intercepted so as not to allow us to reach our end, our purpose.
The Apostle Paul said that he "fixed" his eyes on Jesus--he had every intention to finish this race; to arrive at this glorious destination.
The construction signs on the road this week were intended to point me in the right direction. If I choose to leave the route; if I begin to complain that the road is bumpy or that I have to make to many turns--I might miss my destination or at the very least arrive frustrated.
Again, in the Book of Hebrews we read "for the joy set before him" speaking of Jesus; He stood the course. He was tempted by the devil, disowned by the disciples, mocked by men and his own Father turned his back on him. If there were not enough--he was crucified for sinful men! But, glory to God, he stood the course!
We learn from the Master; the Apostle Paul gleaned from his Lord and was able to remain.
How is the road you are traveling on today? Are their bumps, redirection signs, closed roads, perhaps their are flags waving letting you know you are going to fast--slow down, stay the course. Look closely, the Author & Perfecter of our faith is motioning us toward the finish line.
Good thing we know where we are going, right?
He has made it so that no matter the bumps, if we stay the course we will indeed be welcomed home.
God bless you!~Liz