When Running Isn’t Enough

“No matter how fast you run, you won’t escape. No matter how strong you are, you will lose your strength.” Amos 2:14 CEV

Do you believe that problems magically solve themselves because you refuse to deal with them? If the answer is yes, they don’t. In all actuality, they multiply. And “no matter how fast you run, you will not escape.”

I love what Kristin Armstrong said: “We become…adept at running…We try to flee from our pain, our past and our issues. The problem is, we can’t run or hide or push things away forever. Eventually we’ll tire…and have to slow down. And when we do, all our junk will come rolling behind…headed straight for us at top speed. All the time we’ve been fleeing, our junk has been snowballing…picking up size and momentum. If we aren’t brave enough to face it when it’s ‘small,’ it’ll run us over later. Now’s the time to…deal with it…as fast and as strong as you are, you can’t keep this up much longer.” 

So the question is: What are you running from today? What issues are causing you to “lose your strength?” Stop right now and deal with them. “Do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:27 NIV) by spending one more day running.

Your failures in the past do not matter, “The blood of Jesus…cleanses us from all sin” (1John 1:7 NLT). Maybe it’s a bad habit, or someone you’re scared to confront, but whatever it is “step up to the plate.” The thing that’s chasing you will lose its power when you face it down in the name of Jesus.

Paul says, “Having done all… stand (Ephesians 6:13). So stand up, face your problems, and do it through the power of God, not in your own strength.