“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified,” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he,” Proverbs 29:18.
Earlier I wrote about the need to have a vision, a view point, of seeing further on down the road, (“The Wise Look Ahead and Prepare!“).
I used the illustration of traveling in heavy traffic and watching as everything became more congested and slowed to a snail’s pace.
Occasionally the traffic would speed-up, but then it would slow down again. But if one looked out further down the road they would see areas of spaces where the traffic was beginning to flow at a quicker pace.
I saw the parallel in our own lives and considered how we oftentimes, live our lives at a certain pace getting caught-up in the daily routines that consume us.
And yet even as I continued to write about these parallels, I now see that we must look even further on down the road.
For in my considerations, I mentioned how we must be ready and prepare even for those difficult days that are ahead for us as a people.
But…past these very dark and difficult days, we know from scripture that we will be victorious.
We know that the Rider on the White Horse who comes, will gather us up with Him, allowing us to see how the armies of this world will be defeated, and finally the enemy of our soul, will be utterly destroyed.
Indeed, there is wisdom in preparing for the difficult days ahead.
Indeed, we have the illustration of the ant who is exceedingly wise in his preparations for the winter months. But the road goes ever on, and it travels past the days of darkness.
The road traverses over deep canyons and dry wilderness. It travels through frost and chilling temperatures. It travels through deep crevasses in the earth where it will open-up and change the appearance of the earth.
The waters will rise and fall, and many will perish, but we are told not to fear even when these things come, because towards the end of our journeys the veil of deep darkness will be dissipated and the light from the Son of God will pierce it, and those things of evil will finally come to their demise.
We must run the race as the apostle Paul has told us to do, throwing off every weight that may entangle us.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?