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
Today's Morsel: Over the years, I have heard students say, "That was a hard test. Man, I don't know if I passed or failed. That was the most difficult test I've ever taken." They live a life of stress and worry because of a test. Jeremiah said, "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?" In other words, he says if you think it's hard when it's easy, what are you going to do when it really gets tough? Some tasks and tesst come easy. But as you advance, you realize that i gets harder. Therefore, you have to buckle down a little bit more and study a little bit harder, so that you know how to do what you need to do, or else you will become weary and faint in your mind. Paul said, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 3:1-7). The times we are now living in will try your soul. These are times that will push you harder to see what your faith is made of. These are the times that will determine if you have a relationship with Jesus, or just an acquaintance. As Paul again admonishes us, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:12-13). These are the times that are going to try your faith in the fire. But if you can't run with the horses, and you can't swim the Jordan, how will you get to the other side? Here's how: "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:14-17). Don't let go of the Word of God, it is where your strength lies.
Sing: I can run through a troop, and leap over a wall, Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I can run through a troop, and leap over a wall, Hallelujah! Hallelujah! He's the Rock of my salvation, in Him there is no condemnation. I can run through a troop, and leap over a wall, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!