I have always considered my Christian life/walk with the Lord to be likened to many instances or occurrences of crossing a start/finish line. I cross the “finish line” in a particular season of my walk with the Lord (be it a season of difficulty or delight) as I simultaneously cross the “start line” marking a new season. This new season may be brief or protracted; it may be marked with trials, troubles, temptations, difficulties, heartache and even heartbreak…or it may be a season of triumph and sustained blessing. Either way, it is part of the unique purpose & plan that God has ordained for me to walk through and live out—that in the end it might mold/shape/conform me [my life & character] into the image of His Son (Romans 8:28-29, Eph. 2:10, Job 23:14). Anyway… while listening to some teaching earlier this morning, I heard a quote by the famous Scottish preacher Alexander Whyte which stated the above much more simply & succinctly. He stated, “The victorious Christian life is a series of new beginnings.” What is left to say to that, but “Amen!”
As I was thinking of this earlier, I was reminded of the concluding verse of Psalm 23 and its beautifully picturesque, well known and often quoted words ~ “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6). I’m so very grateful for the “goodness” of God that goes before me, to prepare my steps…and for the “mercy” of God that comes behind me to cover my stumbling’s – putting me back on my feet to continue my journey to the ultimate finish line, where I will be face-to-face with Jesus in Heaven.
Until that time I intend to “…run with patient-endurance the race that has been marked out for me, fixing my eyes upon Jesus: the Author and the Finisher of my faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…” (Romans 8:28-29)
“For we are God’s workmanship (His own handiwork), born anew in Christ Jesus, that we might do those good works which He predestined for us [taking paths which He prepared for us ahead of time], that we should walk in them – living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live.” (Ephesians 2:10, amplified)
“For He performs the things that He has appointed for me, and many are such things with Him.” (Job 23:14)