I don’t know about you, but this South Carolina summer heat is about to whip me. I’m a cold-natured person, so I usually love the warmth of summer, but man! It’s been seriously cooking around here. Something about the heat and humidity seems to zap all my energy right out of me. Sadly, my morning runs have turned into walks.
4 Ways to Keep Running Despite the Heat
Sometimes life will do that to you, as well. The enemy turns up the heat, and we get all the joy and peace zapped right out of us. That’s right where the enemy wants us, because he can keep us from doing what it takes to be on mission with God.
That’s why I wanted to jump on here and share a little good news with you today.
First, we have to seek God’s wisdom in our situation.
“I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run you will not stumble” (Proverbs 4:11-12, NIV 84).
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
God knows the best way to navigate whatever trial we are in, but our flesh is often quick to respond with fear, anger, or anxiety. When faced with a fiery trial, we should first turn to the Lord and ask for His wisdom.
Second, we need to put all our hope in God and not ourselves.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
Whew! That’s some good news right there! It’s hard to let go of trying to fix everything ourselves, but we need to trust God and wait on Him. When our hope is in Jesus, He gives us the strength we need.
Third, we have to discipline ourselves to keep doing the right thing.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
Paul is using an illustration from the Roman games to show that we have to discipline ourselves to fight against our human nature (our flesh) and instead do what the Spirit is leading us to do–not an easy task! It’s so much easier to complain, to give in to the flesh, or to give up on what God has called us to do.
But He has given us everything we need, if we will persevere and not give up!
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3).
Last, we have to throw aside every excuse, every hindrance, every distraction, and just run!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).
I can say it’s too hot to run, I’m too tired, I can’t take the heat. But the truth is that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13).
Are you in the middle of a battle right now? Has the enemy turned up the heat?
Just know that God will bring you through if you will trust Him.
I wrote a Bible study about this very struggle with our faith called Let’s Run! Running the Race with Faith and Perseverance. In this 6-week Bible study, you will
- Discover how worship and the Word can help your faith grow.
- Learn how to apply these principles in your own life, family, and church.
- Develop a strategy for handling challenges to your faith.
- Gain a new perspective on church and ministry.
I encourage you to check it out. The ebook is only 99 cents now through Saturday, July 14. You can read the introduction here.
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By the way, it was 59 degrees when I got up this morning. It always cools off eventually.
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