"Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!" 2 Corinthians 3:5
Run enough races and you will soon discover one of the main reasons people don't finish well or even at all... they haven't perfected their pace-or, as Merriam Webster defines it, the speed at which someone moves a single step. So it makes sense then that each individual stride you and I take will ultimately determine our race pace then right? And why is that so important? Because if we start off too slow, we won't finish as well as we could have because we held back and if we go out too fast, we won't have enough energy to finish because we will have worn ourselves out.
But thankfully with all the new technology, determining and tracking our pace is as easy as using a GPS (Global Positioning System) enabled watch. It has the capability of showing our exact time, distance and speed allowing us to track our progress and immediately know when when we are "off track". Did you know that the Bible can do the exact same thing but even better? In fact, it is the original and still the best GPS (God's Perfect Standard) device we can use to track and test ourselves. By using and studying it daily, you and I can utilize it to immediately recognize when we are "off track".
So examine and test yourself often. If you find yourself off pace, let the Bible guide you back. Because it's only by staying consistent and focused that you and I will be able to run the race the way God intended-not too slow, not too fast... but just right and at the perfect speed.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us everything we need to run the good race. As athletes in training, may we focus on your Word to get us to the finish line. And may we consistently test and examine ourselves along the way that we might not get off pace. Mostly, when our race is done, may it be You who is glorified. It's in your precious name we pray Jesus. Amen.
Third Day - Spirit