Some time ago, as my attention was directed back to this portion of Scripture:
Wherefore Seeing also we are compassed with so great a cloud of witnesses… and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (Heb. 12:1), a phrase caught my attention that made me exclaim “Ah ah! How possible?” and here it is: “let us run with patience…”
Obviously, the words RUN and PATIENCE seem to be on opposite spectrums. I could imagine the legendary athlete: Usain Bolt trying to run a 100m race PATIENTLY. It just didn’t seem to make sense from my perspective, but one thing I was sure of was; He definitely would never have become world famous.
But, knowing that every scripture was divinely inspired and that English language is sometimes handicapped in finding the right words to correctly bear some messages as contained in the original Greek or Hebrew context, I had to press further in order to clear my confusion.
Here’s what I found:
The Greek word that translated as “Patience” here is “hupomonē” which also means STEADFASTNESS, CONSTANCY and CONSISTENCY.
Finally! I saw light! RUN WITH STEADFASTNESS/ CONSISTENCY.
Friend’s, God has set a whole new year before us, and for us to obtain (1Cor.9:24) and attain to the fulfilment of His agenda for our lives in it, there is a call to not just RUN, but to RUN WITH STEDFASTNESS.
Make it a priority to PREACH CHRIST, PRAY, FAST, MEDITATE ON THE WORD, GIVE… CONSSISTENLY.
Just thought it nice to share.
Happy new year.