Things aren’t always the way we want, or even need them to be. Truthfully, though, I think sometimes we don’t really understand what “need” really means.
We have had to do a lot of soul searching, and my hubby could write a sermon about the difference between “want” and “need.” As it turns out, it is GOD who supplies ALL of our need:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19
Did you see that? Did you see HOW he would supply our needs? According to HIS RICHES… which are IN glory, BY Christ Jesus. Not a bit of our “need meeting” will be based on anything that has to do with us.
And I think that’s great.
The word “pace” is not mentioned in the KJV, and only very loosely in other translations. When I think about that word, though, I immediately think about Paul’s words in Hebrews chapter 12:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.Hebrews 12:1
If you have time, go ahead and read the rest of that chapter, as it speaks more in-depth about the topic. But here, Paul is saying that BECAUSE we are surrounded by a “cloud” of witnesses (as in, those looking specifically at our Christian walk), we should shrug off anything that causes us to lose our pace.
Our “pace” is to run as if we have something to gain, as if there’s a prize to be won, because certainly, there IS! To do so, we must first lay aside every weight, every SIN, that keeps us hemmed in and tied up. And that isn’t always easy.
Keeping that kind of focus, and constantly striving to leave off those things that do not work towards our attaining the overall goal, can sometimes be a real struggle. Still, it’s one of the things that gives us the most freedom in our walk with Jesus.
You see, laying aside OUR weight gives us the freedom to allow Jesus to do all the heavy-lifting, so to speak.
Have you ever gone hiking? Traversing any path or always easier without the load of a full backpack, and it’s kind of the same way with this race that we run. Worries, cares, situations… they can all create anxiety-laden scenarios that we think we have to carry all by ourselves.
And we don’t.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Matthew 11:28
The thing that makes it the hardest to give those loads up, and to resume some kind of normal pace, is thinking we have to do it all on our own. I’m so glad to tell you, today, that you don’t.
Jesus is ready, even knocking at the door, to give you the peace that comes with a steady pace. Consider taking Him up on it. You have no idea how much easier day to day life will be with Him in control!