My Pastor Stu Hodges (watersedgechurch.net) gave a talk on upgrading your life. Part of his illustration was how he could buy all the cool running gear, and without ever taking a step, we would not be a runner. This parallels how most Christians are viewed, we say we believe in Christ yet never follow his examples. I’m guilty as well.
This got me to thinking about my life following Christ and also my running. Am I serving GOD and am I attacking my running plan? I got the message on being a better more complete follower of my Savior, but how does this affect my running? Then Stu told us that he believed David was a runner!
Little history on David, he was the youngest of four brothers and his roll in the family was that of the Shepherd, he took care to the families sheep. At the time the Philistines and Israelites had gathered their forces for war. David’s brother went to join the battle, David was left at home as he was smaller then his brothers. One day, Jesse David’s father wanted to send supplies to his sons, he sent David. Pastor Hodges cites that if David had not been a runner, he would have not been able to make the trip as reported in the Bible.
1 Samuel 17, 21
David and Goliath
21 Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other. 22David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were.
You see the Bible says that David, “ran to the battle lines,” he did not stroll, he did not power walk, and he did not ride his segway, he ran. In those days, the battle lines would have been a far distance off and if David’s body had not already been conditioned to run, by running, he would have never been able to run to the battle lines.
Are you meeting life’s challenges, or your next race with a condition body up for the task? If I want to qualify for Boston, I can’t just show up for the next qualifier marathon and run it. I have to condition my mind and body for the task.
Once David got to the battle lines he did not collapse like Philippeadse of Marathon fame and die. After arriving at the battle and seeing the giant Goliath taunting the Israelites armies he reported to King Saul and offered to go to battle. This tells me that although being smaller in size, David was in shape and fearless. Saul initially refused to allow David to fight Goliath but after David’s persistence he sends the young boy into battle. Now I’m not sure about you, but unless I was 100% confidence in my abilities as a warrior….I might take my time going up against a giant, but not David. With the Lord behind him he RUNS into battle with Goliath and wins!
1 Samuel 17, 48 -50
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
So what is your Goliath? To get moving, to lose a few pounds or to run a 5k, 10k race? Maybe a bigger challenge. Run a Half Marathon, Marathon or an Ultra? Today fight your Goliath with the spirit of David, have faith in your Lord and confidence in yourself! And run!
If you have a Goliath other then your fitness, your heart is hurting, you need something more out of life…or you’re simply not where you want to be. The same GOD who gave David his strength can strengthen you. Visit your church and learn about my Savior Jesus Christ, he loves you and so do I. If your in the 757 look up watersedgechurch.net for service times.