Day 20: The Obedient Runner

Running into trouble: Rob Sloan
(pictured in the Blue top, number 1883)
appears to be making good progress in the
Kielder Marathon, but he later opted to take
a bus to the finish line because he was so tired
A runner who took the bronze in October’s Northumberland Salomon Kielder Marathon was disqualified for hopping on a bus to cheat his way to the finish line.
“Cheating marathon runner Rob Sloan has been criticized for bringing the good name of the Salomon Kielder Marathon in Northumberland, England, into disrepute. The 26.2 mile course which encircles Kielder Water is considered Britain’s most beautiful marathon but Sloan preferred to take in some of the magnificent view from a bus.”
“Sloan, 31, from Downhill, Sunderland, placed third in the marathon and enjoyed his moment of glory on the podium as he picked up the bronze medal. He described the run, which he was recorded as completing in 2:51:00, as “absolutely, unbelievably tough.” However suspicions were raised as other runners didn’t recall Sloan passing them by.” – article by Mail Online.
He admitted later that he did in fact taken a bus for part of the route because he became fatigued after the first 20 miles.

It all comes down to these this-to qualify for the competition, one must abide by the rules. Wow! Can you imagine being known as a cheater or a rule breaker in a well-known race, much less in the bible? To be disobedient is to hinder someone else’s blessing–not to mention your own.

In God’s kingdom, as well, certain laws and guidelines must not be violated. Jesus spoke of those who offered to work for him, but did not complete the instructions. “Ye did run well,” Paul said, “who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” Galatians 5:7. “I marvel that ye are so soon removed…” (Galatians 1:6). “Oh, foolish Galatians, who hath be witched you that you should not obey the truth?” (Galatians 5:7).

Throughout Scripture we see the repurcussions of disobedience time and time again. Cain’s rebellion resulted in Abel’s murder. King Saul’s wickedness resulted in the loss of the kingship for his descendents and the eventual deaths of his family. And Judas’ disobedience led to Jesus’ betrayal. All of these individuals had choices to make, important moments of decision, and criticial crossroads which they encountered along life’s journey and in the end, all of them reaped the painful consequences of their disobedience.

God desires us, men and women, who are eager to serve Him and to demonstrate our love for Him by being obedient to His Word. God says in John 14:15 that “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

Are you being obedient to His call for you life? God led you wherever you are for a reason. Pray today that the Lord will begin showing you the destiny He has for you. Ask Him to help you be obedient to His will for your life. Are you willing to serve Him whatever the cost? It is this unswerving obedience and faithful service to the Lord that God richly blesses.

Remember these Biblical examples: Noah’s obedience saved humanity from destruction, and Abraham’s faith built a great nation of whom we are all descendents. Joseph’s diligence saved his family from starvation and presevered the line from which Jesus would be a descendent. And Jesus’s obedience resulted in salvation for the entire human race. As you can see, it only takes one obedient individual to bring about God’s miraculous power for this generation. Can He count on you?

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