“Strengthened for the Journey” (1 Kings 19:1-8)

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 8, 2021

“Strengthened for the Journey” (1 Kings 19:1-8)

I haven’t been following the Olympics, but I understand that this weekend was one of the main events, namely, the marathon. If you’re not familiar with the marathon, it’s a long-distance race in which the competitors run a total of 26.2 miles! 26.2 miles! Imagine that! What a grueling test of training and endurance that must be! The runners have to be in tip-top shape in order to compete, much less complete the race. And their training has to go on for months beforehand. Long preparation is required in order to run that long of a race. The runners have to watch what they eat and drink, if they expect to have the strength to finish the course. Otherwise, they might have a good first half, but in the second half of the race they’ll burn out, and the marathon will be too much for them. They need to be strengthened for the race.

Friends, that’s like how it is for us. The Christian life is like a marathon. This is no hundred-yard dash. Instead, it’s a long journey. And on our own, the journey would be too much for us. We would not make it the whole way. We need strength from outside of ourselves in order to complete the course. We need to be “Strengthened for the Journey.”

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