From the Book of Jeremiah. Chapter 12 verses 5;
“If you have raced with runners and they have worn you out, how can you complete with horses? If you stumble in a peaceful land, what will you do in the thickets of the Jordan?’
God drew Jeremiah into a conversation. God tells Jeremiah ‘Life is difficult Jeremiah, are you going to give in with the first onslaught of problems and opposition. Are you going to live cautiously or courageously?”
Like Jeremiah God calls us to live at our best. As we all know it is easier to relax in the comforting arms of mediocrity. It is easier not to do our best. Easier, but not more significant. Easier, but not more fulfilling.
Our Lord and Our Friend calls up to life life of purpose. Jeremiah 29 verse 11:
“,For I know the plans I have for you’—’this is The Lord’s declaration—’plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’.”
God calls us to a life of purpose far beyond what we think ourselves capable of living, and God promises us the strength to fulfill that purpose.
Back to the conversation God called Jeremiah to. after telling Jeremiah he was called for a purpose and that God would help Him in that purpose. God asks, “Are you ready to quit at the first sign of difficulty. God also asks, ‘Are you fatigued now, what will you do when the real race starts.
The Apostle Paul in Hebrews 12 verse 1, talks about life race, or life as a race.
“Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us”.
Then God asks Jeremiah, ‘What is it you really want? Do you want to shuffle along with the crowd or run with the horses?’ It is unlikely, like us all Jeremiah was quick to reply. He no doubt hesitated, mulling it over in his mind. No doubt he was counting the cost of any decision he made.,
But Jeremiah response when it came, was not verbal but biographical. His life became his answer, ‘I will run with the horses’
This conversation or dialogue was between God and Jeremiah. God question with us all is, ‘What do we really want, which is virtually asking us do we want to be cautious in life, or do we want to be courageous.