RUNNING THE WRONG RACE

                              

          When the Hebrew writer said, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb.12:1) he did not have in mind this worldly race for material wealth.  Yet, it seems that so many in this world, and a few in the church, are interested only in the mighty dollar.  While it is important to have a decent livelihood, gaining power and prestige in this life is not important to God.  He doesn’t care what your position in life is.  In Acts 10:34,35, Peter said, “Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons…” God loves the poor as well as the rich.  The problem is that in so many cases, we have not learned to be content with such things as we have, and we fail to learn this lesson because we judge according to the standards of the world.  Instead of being interested in more and more, we should pause every now and then to think of the wonderful blessings that God bestows upon us.  If we have sufficient food, clothing and shelter, and have good health, what more should we want?  So many times, we are not thankful to God for these things until we lose them. We need to remember that all good things come from God, and be thankful.

The Lord has promised the faithful child of his that if we will put things in their proper perspective, we will have nothing to worry about.  He was pointing out this very lesson to his disciples in the sermon on the mount.  No doubt, observing the birds flying overhead he said, “Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.  Are you not much better than they?”  And, perhaps looking down at the flowers blooming at his feet, said, “And why take ye thought for raiment?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”  And then he made this promise, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt.6:26-33).

The very objects that Jesus used in his illustration, show his power to fulfill his promise.  God provides for the birds of the air.  They do not have to worry about where their food is coming from.  It is always available.  And King Solomon, in all of his glory could not array himself in the splendor of the lowly lilies of the field.  How much happier we would be if we would put our faith and trust in God.  Of course, we would have to work for a living, but we have a promise that we will not go lacking, and what else do we need?  If we spend all our time chasing the dollar, how can we enjoy it?