"Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" Galatians 5:7
The Christian life is compared to a race- a race to be run and won. It is not over until we cross the finish line; which happens when we leave this earth and arrive at our home in heaven. So, how's your race going? Are you running it and running it well? Or is something hindering you?
There are many things that can hinder us. Distractions try to hinder us. Distractions come in many forms- other people, pressing responsibilities, busyness or fleshly cravings. Our bodies will try to hinder us through the form of sickness and fatigue. Then of course there is the devil who will try to distract us through temptations. Spending time holding grudges, taking revenge, wallowing in bitterness and unforgiveness, these will all hinder us because they have our attention instead of our attention being on the race that is before us.
How do we stay focused and keep our attention on the race that we are running? When a horse is in a race, they put a blinker- which is a type of partial blinder- on it, so that it can concentrate by looking straight ahead, run properly, correct their attitude so they won't veer to the inner rail and to keep them calm if the noise of the crowd makes them nervous. That's our answer-- put a "blinker" on.
We need to cover our "eyes" with the Word of God. God's Word will keep us focused on the race that is before us as we look to it. It will help us concentrate on spiritual things as we keep our minds renewed in it. It will help us to run properly by keeping us on the straight and narrow racetrack, instead of looking to the left or to the right. It will be the light in front of our feet to show us which direction to go. God's word will correct our attitude as we follow its teaching so we don't veer off the track and stay in the race. When the distractions come- the ones we talked about already and the ones we haven't- God's Word will give us peace so that we can continue on.
As we run the race that is set before us hindrances will come, but as we let God's Word keep us focused we will continue to run it and run it well.
Have a great day. God's Word is like a "blinker" that will help us stay focused on the race that we are running.
For further reading:
Psalm 119:105; 165
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