Jeremiah 12:5, “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”
Most of us want God to use us in some capacity. We want to feel valuable to society. The majority of the people I know are striving to do ‘something’ with their lives that makes an impact.
I remember in the fourth grade I didn’t do my homework. I was just coming out of a long fun summer and the routine of school and homework hadn’t quite settled in with me. My teacher walked around the room with a red pen. We were to put our math assignment on our desks and she would put a big red check on the papers that were complete. I had nothing to put on my desk. The night before, I made the decision that math homework was a waste of my time. I needed something harder.
When she came to my desk, and there was no paper, she stopped, “Michael Franklin, where is your homework assignment?”
In the most convincing argument I could muster, I answered, “It was all review. I want to work on something harder.”
She did not respond and continued on to the next row. I wasn’t sure whether to be relieved or worried. After class, she instructed me to stay after school.
Sometimes God has a simple task for us to do, on a regular basis, for Him. We may long for something more important; but, He wants us to do this or that faithfully and with a cheerful heart. Many of us refuse to do it. We think our time can be better utilized. We think we have a better plan.
After school, I found myself sitting at a desk waiting for my teacher. On the board was line after line of a math problem. I’d never seen such work. It was a problem in Linear Algebra, one I could easily do while studying mathematics in college, but in fourth grade, it looked like a foreign language. My teacher came into the room and asked, “Have you solved the problem?”
“No, Ma’am! I don’t even know what those symbols are!”
She pulled out her Bible and read the above scripture to me. Jeremiah 12:5. And I understood.
God is always preparing us for something just up ahead, but we can’t get there if we aren’t willing to do the steps needed to be victorious. See, God is a winner and through Him, so are we.
If you want to run with horses, then start running with men. If you want to go into other territories, then start living right in your own.