(How To) RUN and Not Be Weary
I Will Wait
Doesn’t everyone want to run and not be weary, walk and not faint? Doesn’t everyone desire to be strong? What does strength require? It requires trust.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31
Many versions of this scripture interchange trust with wait, however, I think many people don’t really know what it means to “wait’. But trust requires waiting, and it’s in the waiting that we get strengthened.
Waiting doesn’t mean do nothing. Waiting means to continue running, enduring, pressing on, WHILE waiting for the next step – the harvest, the payoff, the answer, the confirmation, the reward.
Let’s look at this scripture first in context of trusting God. You can’t trust God and not wait on Him to answer your prayer. You can’t fully trust God and doubt His ways, or the path you are on, no matter how uncomfortable.You can’t truly trust Him and directly disobey Him either. Trust requires complete surrender, it requires patience and it requires obedience. You either trust He’s got this, or you don’t. There is no middle ground.
Trust & Obey
While a trainer is no God, a good trainer should lead you in the right direction. If you truly trust your trainer, you will continue to follow their direction and stick to their program. You won’t do just some of the things they tell you, you will do them all. You won’t argue, you won’t try to hold on to your old ways that got you in bad shape to begin with.
Proof of trust is completely letting go. You can’t possibly trust your trainer (and in the science of fitness) and continue exploring other solutions or do your own thing. You can’t trust the process and try to skip steps or look for shortcuts. You can’t truly trust the process and quit. You can’t trust and rebel.
If you don’t trust, you will grow weary. Your doubt will make you faint. You can’t possibly run this race with 100% effort if you don’t believe you are running in the right direction.
You can’t possibly run this race with 100% effort if you don’t believe you are running in the right direction.
Whether you are struggling with weight loss or a personal difficulty, you can be impatient, and try your own way, OR you can trust and wait – and BE STRENGTHENED IN THE PROCESS!
How Do You Keep the Faith? How Are You Strengthened?
This is easy! When I find myself doubting, I just look at the facts. This is when I get strengthened. With God, I look at His track record. Every single time I’m obedient and faithful, He has provided and answered prayer. Every time I’ve been in a hot mess, I can see where I was out of line. I’ve proven, over and over, that I cannot be trusted and He’s proven over and over that He can.
With fitness, every single time I have been obedient and faithful, I got the result I wanted. When I didn’t get results, it was because I wasn’t sticking with the plan, I wasn’t giving it my all, I wasn’t willing to completely “obey”. I was cheating, I wasn’t being disciplined or I wasn’t being patient enough, and I quit too soon.
I may not ENJOY the process, but I love the reward. The right way isn’t always the easy way. Oftentimes it is even harder at times. However, I know I can’t get the reward without going through the process and I can be strong knowing I’m doing everything I’m supposed to be doing.
I look back at the times I have been the happiest and strongest. In my case, it’s when I’ve been right with God and right with my health and fitness. If I’m not where I want to be, I go back to when I felt my best, when I had the most peace, and I repeat everything it took to get there in order to get it back again. I don’t try something new, I don’t’ try an easier way to get it back, I do what is proven, tried and true.
Run with Confidence
If you REALLY trust, you will happily wait, and won’t even think of abandoning your plan. You can boldly say “I wait confidently with great expectation”. This confidence will give you the ability to RUN and not be weary, WALK and not faint. You can give your 100% because you know you are running in the right direction.