Running with the Gospel

On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

2 Peter 1:4 – “by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become par takers of the Divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

Recently I bought a new pair of running shoes, Hoka Stinsons, and I have to say they are perhaps the best shoes I have ever owned. They are extremely comfortable and stable, I am extremely flat footed so I need shoes that willpower recent me from rolling my feet in when I run. Most of the shoes that provide this type of protection are extremely rigid and they usually have some kind of plastic plate that prevents the foot from rolling in. The Hokas do not have that, and yet they are still very stable. Why? Because they have a larger platform. The soles of the shoes are actually about 30% larger than they are on regular shoes because of this they are very stable. They also have a tremendous amount of cushion to reduce the shock of running. They are amazing, yet because of the padding and the larger sole they look almost like clown shoes. So when I run in them I get some strange looks because they are different. Different but stable and able to stand up to shock and to stress.

That is a pretty good description of a Christian isn’t it? We are to be different than the world yet because of Jesus we have a stability and because of Him we are able to withstand the shocks and the stresses of life. Psalm 1:3 describes a person who follows Jesus as being like a “tree planted by streams of water.” In other words they are stable. Not in themselves but in Christ. Stable because of His “great and precious promises.” A person who follows Jesus isn’t immune from troubles (even though Joel Osteen, Job’s friends in the Old Testament, and many health and wealth teachers believe that we are), instead they have someone who carries them and who gives them stability in the times of trouble.

A tree planted by streams of water is stable but it isn’t immune from the storms. A Christian planted in Jesus is stable but isn’t immune from the hardships of life. Still we have a Savior who carries us through those times. We have a Savior who enables us to somehow get through the stress and the shock of life. How? Peter says through his great and precious promises. Promises such as “I will never leave you or forsake you,” “I will give you rest”‘ “I will renew your strength.” Promises that say we have the gift of eternal life and that we have heaven to look forward to. Promises that say that that place is a place of no weeping, crying, or pain. A place where death will be destroyed forever (Isaiah 25:8). A place of renewal and restoration. A place of joy. We have that to look forward to. That is our stability and it is our shock and stress absorption.

Some people would falsely say, “just have faith and everything will be ok.” That’s not all the way false because one day when we are with Jesus it will be okay, and yet this isn’t the sweet by and by, it is the sorry and sometimes bitter here and now. And in the here and now there is pain and sorrow and struggle. During those times okay doesn’t even apply, however the Gospel does as Jesus says, even when you are not okay my grace will carry you through and give you strength and stability. His grace will absorb the shocks and stresses of life through His great and precious promises, and through His grace they are there for us even when we aren’t ok. 

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