WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
“and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”
Hebrews 12:1 ESV
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: THE STRUGGLE
There was a story of a man who took home a cocoon so he could watch the emperor moth emerge. As the moth struggled to get through the tiny opening, the man enlarged it with a snip of his scissors. The moth emerged easily but unable to fly. Its wings were shriveled. The struggle through the narrow opening is God’s way to force fluid from its body into its wings. The “merciful” snip, in reality, was cruel. The struggle from the cocoon was designed to strengthen and prepare the moth for flight.
Hebrews 12 describes the Christian life as a race that involves endurance. Endurance is hanging in there under pressure. It’s a struggle. Sometimes the struggle is exactly what we need to become what God intends us to be. A New England preacher, Phillips Brooks, was noted for his poise and quiet manner. At times, however, even he suffered moments of frustration and irritability. One day a friend saw him feverishly pacing the floor like a caged lion. “What’s the trouble, Mr. Brooks?” he asked. “The trouble is that I’m in a hurry, but God isn’t!”
In the Old Testament, Isaiah talked about running well in the course of life. He said that the person who runs the best is the one who learns to “wait on the Lord” (Isaiah 40:31). In the race of faith, there will be times when God wants us to hang in there for a while under pressure. Yet, it will be through those times of endurance that God often grows our faith the most. What area of your life do you feel like you’re in a hurry but God isn’t? Ask God what area of your faith He wants to strengthen?