and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us… Hebrews 12:1 (Amplified Bible)
So many times, I read a verse and think, “oh, yeah, this one…I got this…” and then a devotional message or a sermon or song will call out a layer of meaning I missed.
When I first read Hebrews 12:1, I focused on the endurance part. I concentrated on not giving up, not becoming overwhelmed by my own weaknesses and need for a easy path.
But Rick Warren in his devotional “God Has A Plan for Your Life” points out something I overlooked.
We run the race set by God. God is the one who has the plan. Um, not my will or plan but God’s plan takes prominence.
“You are supposed to run the race God has set for you. Not the race you set for yourself, not the race other people set for you, and not the race culture sets for you. You only run the race God has set for you. If you try to run any other course, you are going to fail and get discouraged.”
In light of this, I wonder…Would it be God’s plan or a husband’s plan to leave his wife for a younger, counterfeit version? Would it be God’s plan or a driver’s, who is under the influence, to drive home impaired? Would it be God’s plan or a wife’s to leave her husband and three small sons because she is “bored”? Would it be God’s plan or a patient’s to disregard his or her cancer doctor’s prescriptions and treatment because one of the medicines causes insomnia?
There are some questions that puzzle and vex us. But some questions, Because of Grace and Hebrews 12:1, we can parse out the answer by remembering that we are running the plan that God has set for us.