Colossians 2.1-7 KJV
1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Psalm 42:8 KJV
8 Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
How powerful is the verse in Psalm 42…My life is God’s prayer.
Then to Colossians…We can choose to walk in Him(v.6) so we can have access to the treasures of wisdom and knowledge(v.3) because He is with us…yes, in us with the Holy Spirit(v.5). We are then to be rooted in Him so we can be built up and established in our faith…Abounding with THANKSGIVING!(v. 7)
It is our choice to make. Do we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior or do we try to gain wisdom and knowledge on our own? He is the only way to heaven…step by step…whether we walk or run.
Today, God has been revealing Himself to me in a consistent manner. It started with my devotional. Psalm 42.8 was the scripture reference. The devotional talked about allowing God to be our everything…to be our life. His Hebrew name El-hayya is translated just that “God of my life.”
As I thought about this and read the scripture in Psalm 42 I contemplated…Is God, god of my life? Do I allow Him to go with me everywhere and in everything? As I ran yesterday I was reminded once again of His beauty and His awesomeness. It has become very easy for me to bring God into my runs. He is literally what gets me through them…especially the long ones. I am praying and singing to Him the whole way. But, do I take that same attitude when I step through everyday life? At work? In the grocery store? While driving? Or while cleaning the house? As this was bouncing around my head I reflected on Saturday’s long run.
17 was the magic number yesterday. Yoli was doing an adventure race so I was on my own. Knowing this, I knew I would need others around me to get me to the end of 17. The Bayside Run for God group posted they were running on Saturday morning, so I decided to join them. I had the incredible pleasure of meeting “online” friends in person. These wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ have prayed for me and encouraged me through their words and prayers even though I hadn’t met them. Well, now I have and I am sooo thankful for God’s divine appointment. Have I mentioned how good God is??? 🙂 He allowed me to meet Nancy at a race and then follow up with her through the wonderful world of technology. Since then, we have a new circle of friends united by God and our love of running. God is our life when we run. We all love it and give Him thanks for allowing us to do it. 🙂
God knew I needed the extra support of other runners yesterday even though I was on my own most of the 17. But, the first 4.5 miles were full of enough fuel to get me through to the end. I ran side by side with Nancy, a new sister in Christ. We were able to share the ups and downs of our running and our walk(or run) with Him. How cool?? Once she turned around and I kept going out, I knew she and the others were out there running even though I didn’t see them. Just like the Holy Spirit…He is there even though we can’t see Him. We can feel Him and His prompting…as we see in Colossians. He is there to fill us and to guide us. He will fuel us to make the right decisions.
These scriptures opened up to me today starting with the devotional and then followed up by a powerful sermon by my pastor. It all fit. Now, you know when God speaks on the same subject back to back to back that He is speaking to you??? Right? 😉 My ears opened because I felt Him talking.
Is God my life? Is God my everything? Have I accessed the treasure of the Lord? Yes…I can say for sure that at the age of 9 God welcomed me to His family…but, can I say I access Him daily in a way I am spirit filled? No, not like I should or could. The amazing thing is that He still loves me and He is still with me even though I fail Him in my walk and run with Him.
I want to ABOUND as I run and as I walk with Him! I want to do it with thanksgiving! Thanking Him that He chooses to fill me with His lovingkindness daily and sing to me in the night! God loves us that much!! We don’t deserve it but He gives it freely!!! Let’s continue to walk or run with HIM and bring others along with us…so they can experience His treasure of eternal life.