Sunday, December 16, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Run With Horses
Jeremiah 12
If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?(Jeremiah 12:5)
In the Olympic Games, the greatest runners of the world compete for gold medals and laurel wreaths. Long before the final race, competitions are held in countries throughout the world to weed out those who are not fast enough to compete. At the Games, the fastest of the fast qualify for the final competition.
The prophet Jeremiah was also involved in a fierce competition—but it was with idolaters and wicked priests. He was responding to the Lord’s call to condemn Judah and to predict her downfall. He became so discouraged that he asked the Lord, “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are they happy?” (12:1).
That’s when God said to Jeremiah, in essence, “The competition has just begun. So far you’ve been dealing with minor issues (running with footmen). How will you handle it when the really tough stuff comes (contending with horses)?”
Perhaps you’ve run into some difficulties recently: your boss, an illness, conflicts in your church. You’ve pleaded with the Lord for relief. But He may have said in response, “Toughen up. Dig in. It may get worse.” When He asks you to “run with horses,” He will be with you to strengthen and sustain you. That’s what God does.
In every need and every weakness, Lord you be my strength.Amen.
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  —Philippians 3:14

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church