Running a marathon is not enough of a challenge these days - right? Yes, we thought so, too. Alongside the more traditional road races, a new breed of adrenaline-pumping running challenges are springing up all over the world. Take the 'Spartan Race' for example. As well as a steep and arduous course, the Spartan chucks in an extra challenge: obstacles. And not just any obstacles. On the Spartan, you'll find yourself swimming through mud, scaling craggy walls, crawling under barbed wire, heaving tractor tyres and hurling javelins. Nice. Not.
Very few of us are up for this kind of competition. Yet surprisingly, we probably scrabble through life doing a Spartan without realising. Yup. We can put up, invite in, and stubbornly leave emotional and spiritual obstacles in our way that stop us from really running 'with endurance the race that is set before us' (Hebrews 12:1 NLT).
So what now? Perhaps you've been reminded of an obstacle that stops you from getting close to God. Holding on to such an obstacle will only lead to more hurt and less freedom. We're not asking to you to try to be perfect, but rather to turn your imperfections over to God. So, be real with Him. Share your thoughts with Him. Turn around and thank Him for His ability to undo any tricky situation you find yourself in.
Soulfood : Job 38-39, Mt 2:16-23, Ps 139:13-24, Ecc 11:7-10