You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?
Most likely, these are harsh words to the person who tripped up, failed, cut out of the race, strayed from the Christian path. Do you know anyone like that? Do you wonder what happened? Does your heart hurt for them? I do. I have. Mine does.
I’ve struggled for over a month now to understand what happened. I’ve begged God to do something, to show Himself as deliverer. I’ve awoken in the middle of the night burdened to pray for the one my heart aches over. I’ve whispered urgent prayers and cried plenty a Sister-in-Christ’s tears.
But God has not acted.
The words of the apostle Paul echo in my mind. They were running a good race, a really good race. They had come so far! They were doing so well.
But someone cut in on them.
Someone who didn’t have their best interests at heart. Someone who deceived them. Someone who looked good, but who told them things contrary to the truth.
That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.
These words for them are hard to hear, I know.
Because sometimes, even when the truth is spoken in love, it is still hard to hear.
It’s hard because once you’ve been cut in on, the race becomes confusing. The one who cut in on you is convincing. And satan works no differently now than he did in the garden of Eden. He plants doubt and casts accusations. He deceives you into believing that failure is final. He’ll hog-tie you with a rope of discouragement, assuring you that you might as well not even try to escape.
But know this: You are already free.
Those ropes of discouragement are merely tied with a slip knot. The slip knot becomes untied when you pull on the truth. Truth will never confuse. It will never tie you up. The truth always sets you free. You were running a good race. You can run again. It’s not over yet because the finish line is still ahead of you.
Run the race. Get back up. Run with perseverance.
The one who cut in on you? Cut them out. Run with truth. Run with the one who will never trip you up. There is grace for those who stumble. The God who called you? He’s cheering you on. He’s holding out his arms, wide open, to receive you back in the race. Run to him.
Take hold of the hand of grace. He’s waiting for you at the finish line.