“We must run the race,” preached the preacher. And we began to look at an acronym of RACE. Remain, Abide, Continue, Endure.
To run calls for activity. It calls for effort. Running is hard work. Keeping on running is harder work. Running seems synonymous to puffing or frenzy or emergency.
But Remain is a still word.
Abide is a quiet word.
Continue being still and quiet.
Sometimes the race will not be a roar. It will not be flamboyant. It will not even be noticeable. But it will be sweaty tough. It will call for tenacity like never before. It will squeeze you till you think you can’t go on. It will test your roots. It will push you to the limits of your great faith and make you wonder if you have faith.
Then you will be still and remain. You will be quiet and abide. You will continue and by God’s grace endure. Because He has promised, In quietness and confidence is your strength. And God is true to His promises. He wants us to cling to them like lifelines. To breathe them like the invisible oxygen around us. Abide in me, and I in you. Jn 15:4