Tuesday, December 18, 2018

"Finish Strong" Devotional ~ Day 22

Day 22 - Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Limping Along

So tighten your loosening grip and steady your wavering stand. Don't wander away from the path but forge steadily onward. On the right path the limping foot recovers strength and does not collapse. (Hebrews 12:12-13, PHILLIPS Translation)

Are you limping along today, spiritually speaking? Does it seem like God is far away, and that your prayer time is unrewarding and dead? Does your mind wander when you read the Bible, and do the words run together on the page? Does it seem like a dry history book rather than a love letter to you from the Lord? Has your desire to be involved in ministry grown cold, and are you going through the motions out of a sense of duty?

If so, you've got a spiritual limp. We all get them, and we need to be prepared to deal with them. Most of us want to leave the race when we start limping, don't we? We figure we just can't keep going, so we give up and sit on the sidelines or start down another path which looks a little easier. But that's not how we should deal with a spiritual limp.

Tightening your grip and staying on the right path, regardless of how you feel or whether you are getting results, require discipline. The first verse of that 12th chapter of Hebrews tells us we must run with endurance the race marked out for us. We may even run the race with a limp, but we must not sit down or get sidetracked.

Let me encourage you today to keep running in the right race, even though you're limping along. If you'll keep doing what you know you should do, even without feelings or visible results, your limping foot will recover and pretty soon you'll be running strong again.

Today's Challenge:
To avoid the natural tendency to quit when there is a "limp" in my spiritual walk with God.

Today's Prayer:
Lord, teach me this very important principle of not giving into my emotions when there is a "limp" in my walk, but rather to stay on the right path until I find healing.

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