Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. I Corinthians 9:26 NIV
The television show American Ninja Warrior has become very popular. They have individuals from all walks of life competing for the grand prize of one million dollars and the American Ninja Warrior title. There is the Cowboy Ninja, the Real Life Ninja and the K-9 Ninja to name a few. All progress through a series of obstacles to test their strength, agility and endurance. They climb the warped wall and when the course is completed they hit the buzzer to qualify for the next round of obstacles on their quest for victory.
The K-9 Ninja rescues dogs and they train with him for the competition. He has built the dogs their own obstacle course. A video highlighted the dog hitting the buzzer at the end of his obstacles to signal completion of the course. His friends, family and the dogs come to the American Ninja Warrior competition and are there on the sidelines cheering the K-9 Ninja on to victory.
Our lives sometimes seem like obstacle courses. Things continually break down. Hard times of responsibility and financial challenges are dropped in our paths. Relationships falter and we move on step by step towards the buzzer wondering if we are headed for defeat or victory.
Jesus is our trainer. He is there beside us through the entire race. He is well aware of the difficulties of the course ahead of us. His word directs our steps. We work and stretch our faith muscles as we trust him through the twists and turns of our course. We race against the clock as we complete each trial and tribulation. Each victory is celebrated and cheered from the sidelines. Romans 8:18 states, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
One day we will see Jesus face to face. All else will pale in comparison. Our course will be complete and the final victory won. Romans 8:37-39 tells us, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Now that’s victory!