STAY IN YOUR LANE

STAY IN YOUR LANE
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt 

"You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is."
Galatians 5:7-10
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Have you ever been to a track meet?
If you have you've probably noticed that there are white lines painted all around the track. The purpose of the lines is to create boundaries between runners. Each runner must stay in his own lane without cutting in on another. The lanes are there to guide, direct, and protect athletes and to ensure the best quality of performance.
Refusal to abide by the rules and hinder a felllow runner can get you disqualified.
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God is an active spectator in the heavens watching the sons of men run their race.He knows each runner by name and He places each runner in a lane.
He charges each runner to run a strong clean race and He gives each runner everything necessary to arrive at the finish.
He outfits each runner with the nutrients of His word, the strength and stamina of His Spirit, and the fellowship of other runners who are running a clean race.
He watches, He waits, and He's aware.
-He observes, with patient forbearance, those who make it their objective to hinder or "cut-in" on those who are running hard.
-He knows the names of those who steal with subtilty into a lane not their own and dishearten and trip-up those working hard to complete the race.
-He knows the weariness of the one who runs with sweat on the brow and strain in the muscle ... and He gives that special "one" the fortitude and endurance necessary to complete the race in spite of hinderances, obstacles, and cut-ins.
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God is not only cheering, guiding, and surveying the runners on the field,
He owns and maintains the field itself.
He knows His own and His own know Him.
Nobody fools Him,
Catches Him off guard,
Or sneaks into the lane of another without His notice.
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God has His way of taking care of the "cut-ins" in our lanes and in our lives.
Continue to run strong, clean, and hard and entrust Him with with the outcome.
He's in control ... and He'll determine how He's best glorified.
Stay in your lane and look to the finish.
Run your race and keep your eyes on the prize.
Look to your Redeemer and give Him your best.
Godspeed little runner ...
Persevere.
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"Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place. For a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again; but the wicked shall fall into mischief."
Proverbs 24:15-16