Run a Race with Horses

Bible Reading:
Jeremiah 12: 1-6

Text verse
Jeremiah 12:5
If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee,
then how canst thou contend with horses?
and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee,
then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

Let’s examine our Text verse in the New American Bible:
Jeremiah 12:5 (NAB)
If running against men has wearied you, how will you race against horses?
And if in a land of peace you fall headlong, what will you do in the thickets of the Jordan?

Notice the words:
How canst thou contend with horses?
How will you race against horses?

But more important I want you to notice who is speaking in this portion of Scripture.
It is the LORD Himself that is speaking to Jeremiah!

If we examine this portion of the Book of Jeremiah we will notice that Jeremiah is complaining to the Lord.
Why are the wicked allowed to prosper?
Why are evil people so happy?
Lord, you know my heart?
Lord, those around me are saying that it is a waste of time to serve You
- They are saying - See, the Lord will do nothing!

Is this not what we so often do?
Complain about our situation - Is it really worth while to serve the Lord?
Does the Lord really notice, our faithfulness?
The wicked seem to prosper more then those we faithfully serve the Lord!

The answer the Lord gives Jeremiah surprises.
The Lord says: If racing against mere men make you tired, how can you compete with horses?
Jeremiah if you stumble and fall flat on the ground, what will you do when there are obstacles in your way?

The Lord spoke not only to Jeremiah but is speaking to us today
- Speaking to us in this Church this very day!

Listen to the Word of God:
1 Corinthians 10:13
No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful
and will not let you be tried beyond your strength;
but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.

Often we feel that we are running a race with horses but
in the meantime we are running a race with mere man:

Instead of running a race with horses
We are running a race to keep up with the Joneses
Instead of running a race with horses
We are running a race trying to make sure that our
children have more advantages then the neighbours kids!

Having said that - In a way we are competing with horses
- Running a race with horses.
Horses that represent the problems of life that are threatening to unbalance us.
We race the horses of Anxiety
We race the horses of despair
We race the horses of boredom
We race the horses of temptation
We race the horses of martial problems
We race the horses of employment problems
We race the horses of financial problems
We race the horses of sickness
The horses have all come out in a stampede and are threatening to destroy us.

We are just unable to cope anymore the stampeding horses are upon us!
Friend, do you perhaps feel that you are running a race with horses?
Pastor, how can I compete with the stampeding horses in my life?

How did Jeremiah cope with the problems and trials that beset him?
The answer is simply this - BY PRAYER

Prayer made Jeremiah aware of the presence of God in his life.
Prayer is not just speaking to God but listening to God speaking to you.

Jeremiah heard from God.
The Lord spoke to Jeremiah and Jeremiah listened.
We read in the Book of Jeremiah that the Lord spoke to Jeremiah
or that the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah more then 70 times!

Prayer made Jeremiah aware of the presence of God.
Prayer will also make us aware of the presence of the Lord.

From Prayer we receive strengthen
From continued prayer we receive Power
From further continued prayer we receive inner peace.

Listen to what the Lord said to Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 33:3
Call to me, and I will answer you;
I will tell to you things great beyond reach of your knowledge.

Jeremiah 1:12
Then the LORD said to me:
Well have you seen, for I am watching to fulfill my word.

Can we compete with horses?
The answer is yes - strange and hard as it is to believe -
Man can out run a horse!
The horse may be faster then man.
But the horse has no staying power and tires easily.
When it comes to distance - man can outpace a horse!

The horses may be stampeding in your life but you can
out distance the horses if you remember the source of your strength
- Prayer and the presence of God.

Philippians 4:13
I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.

1 John 4:4
You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you
is greater than the one who is in the world.

Luke 18:27
And he said,
“What is impossible for human beings is possible for God.”

Prayer moves the hand of the One who is able to help when you are face with stampeding horses!
Friend if you are running a race today with:
the horses of Anxiety
the horses of despair
the horses of boredom
the horses of temptation
the horses of martial problems
the horses of employment problems
the horses of financial problems
the horses of sickness
Then you need to stop at the Throne of God today for prayer
- We want to pray with you for-
The Word of God says:
Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.

Jesus only, can help you win the race against the stampeding horses in your life.

But in closing I must share one last thing with you.
Life can be liken to a Horse Race- A race that one day must end.
Listen to the following Scripture:

Hebrews 12:1-2
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Paul describes life as a race and reminds us that a cloud of witnesses
are watching us run this race called life.
It does not matter how we started the race of life.
What matters is how we finish the race.

What reward will we obtain at the end of life’s race?
Will it be a heavenly reward?
Where friend, will you spend eternity?

Jesus said:
John 14:1-2
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so,
I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Moments later He added:
John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The race will end!
Only Jesus can ensure that your race will end in victory.
A simple prayer inviting Jesus into your life and a firm decision to run the race of life with Him
and in accordance to His guidance will ensure that you will spend eternity in His presence.

Will your life’s race end in HIS presence?


Pastor CSJ Claassen
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