Verse Of The Week : 18 Sep 2023

September 18, 2023

Run Clinging to the Light

READY:

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Jude 1:24-25

SET:

One of my favorite races that I’ve ever competed in was a 5K night race in the wooded trails of the backcountry of Knoxville, Tennessee.
The requirement for this race was an illumination device, either a flashlight or a headlamp.
This was required since the course had no light other than some markers on the trail to help runners stay on the course. If you have ever been in the woods at night, there is a deeper darkness than just being outside at night, for the moon and stars are hidden under the canopy of trees above.

Here are three spiritual lessons that I learned while racing in the woods of Tennessee.

1. We are in a dark world, but we have a light!

Running in a night race is like a picture of this world: we are in a dark world, but as a follower of Jesus, we have a light and do not run in darkness.
Jesus said,

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

The Bible also says how God’s Word is

“a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Psalm 119:105

When we look around, it may appear to be spiritually dark, but God has given us His Word to light our path.
As a Christian, the light of Christ is in us and wherever we go, we can have confidence that even in darkness,

“the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”

Psalm 139:12

2. We can see more together.

There is great benefit running alongside others in a night race.
As I relied on my light to brighten my path, I noticed that whenever I ran alongside someone or with a group of people, more of the dark course was illuminated.
Moreover, everyone was able to see more together than if we all were running alone.
We were all able to run with more clarity.
This picture of running with others signifies the value of being in community as we run our race.

“Two are better than one.”

Ecclesiastes 3:9

3. Light helps us to see clearly and keeps us from stumbling.

Throughout the narrow path in the woods, there were many places where I could misstep and trip.
Roots covered the trail along with rocks and holes.
The verse that flowed through my mind as I raced was Jude 1:24, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling…”

God has given us a light so that we can see any potential obstacles on our course in life.
Having a light does not mean that the course will be smooth, but it does give us the clarity to see what is before us. Staying focused on what was in front of me prevented me from stumbling or falling.
When there are potential things that seek to distract us, focus in and run your race clinging to your light source to illuminate your path.

Jesus says that apart from Him, we can do nothing. (John 15:5)
May we humbly rely on Him throughout our course in life, knowing that He gives us His light to cling to.
Trust that we can finish the course the He set out for us to run by His grace and remember that He promises to never leave us nor forsake us.

GO:

  1. What does it mean to follow Jesus? How can we follow Jesus?
  2. What do we learn about God in Jude 1:24-25?
  3. Where is God leading you to shine your light today and in this season of life?

WORKOUT:

Joshua 1:5; John 8:12; John 15:5; Genesis 1:3-5; Matthew 5:14-16

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