Original Posting At https://thisdaywithgod.com/2019/11/11/run-the-race-with-the-finish-line-in-mind/
This day with God will be amazing because we are gaining wisdom each day. We are learning from the past, praying in the present, and listening for instructions toward the future. Reading in Leviticus 16, the Lord gives Moses instructions for his brother Aaron before meeting with Him in the Most Holy Place (v. 2).
We are told that God appears in a cloud over the atonement cover and that the smoke of the incense conceals the atonement cover so Aaron would not die. Remembering earlier analyses of Leviticus 10, the sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu disobeyed the Lord when they burned incense in their fire pan and were burned to death. They had committed an infraction of the ritual and punished by death.
We learned from delving into the Word that there were extreme consequences for disobeying the Lord during the time of Moses and to make atonement for sins, there had to be a sacrifice of animals. For our sins to be banished today, Jesus is the sacrifice if we confess our sins and accept Him as Savior.
When we confess, we are then blessed. So the lesson today is that we are to love the Lord with all our heart, follow the Way, and continue to obey. We are to run the race with the finish line always in mind knowing where we are going because the Lord’s Way is aligned with the destination. We will persevere with passion in our heart to finish the race strong because the reward at the end of the finish line will be beyond what could ever be imagined.
This day with You Lord, we run the race with the finish line in mind. When the headwinds of life try to push us back, we will keep going. You will help us handle anything because we know the Way, are prepared, and expect You to pull us through until the end. We will persevere because You are with us to finish strong. Amen.