“Make Level Paths for your Feet”
In reading today’s passage, the part that seemed to just jump out at me was the last two verses-“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed”.
I was struck by these final sentences because it seems so practical. The author had been making the point about being disciplined in order to run a good race. We are indeed in a race, each of us given our lane to run in. My belief is that if we spend a lot of time looking into the other lanes to see how others are running, it will hinder our own race. We tend to run in the direction that we face with our eyes. If we spend too much time worrying about how someone in the other lane is doing, we are not going to run our best race.
At the same time, we are called upon to pay attention to those who are running behind us. Consider a relay race. We each run a leg of the race, then we hand the baton to a teammate who is running up behind us. Our job is to run a good race, at a good pace, so that those who follow us have a better chance of winning. We have to “strengthen ourselves” to give those who follow us an edge. We need to make a “level path” (i.e. have no obstacles in the way) so that those who follow may not be hindered or hurt, but rather healed by following a good strong example.
We first need to strengthen ourselves, by disciplined training, to be in the best shape for our journey. We then need to care for those whom we are discipling, so that their race may be the best for them as well. Repeat this time after time and you have the formula for a successful Kingdom!
Prayer: Father, thank you for the ability to run the race! You have given us the gift of life and the gift of loving others. We trust your provision for us, Amen.”