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Church Message
What do you do when you "hit the wall?"
By Pastor Stuppy

Church sponsors2 24apr14Church message imageYou are at mile 23 of your marathon with only 3 miles or so to go. You're feeling pretty good. You're having a good day. Then, all of a sudden, you go from feeling pretty good to awful. Your legs feel heavy and it becomes impossible to maintain a running pace. You are forced to walk but really feel like you need to lie down. What happened? How can you go from feeling good to feeling terrible in such a short period of time? There are several terms used to describe this experience but the oldest and most common one is "hitting the wall." Something happened. Your energy is gone. You just can't go on.

Hitting the wall is a term used in many fields of endeavor but it used most often for long distance runners. If they start out at too fast a pace, are not prepared properly, there comes a point when their body simply can't keep pace with the demands being placed on it and it shuts down. You've hit the wall.

While it is a term mainly used by runners, it is not a bad way to describe what takes place in our lives from time to time. It doesn't matter who you are, there are times in your life when one problem piles up on another. You just get your head above water and you lose your job. You find out your son or daughter was arrested and you have to go down to the jail to bail them out, get a lawyer, and go to court. You sit down and cry and ask, "Where did I go wrong?" Your roof leaks and needs to be replaced. The car's brakes are shot and your inspection sticker has expired. The IRS just sent you a letter questioning some things on your last return. You get the idea. You've hit the wall! You're spent. You wonder how you can go on. You wonder where God is and if your prayers are doing any good.

We're not the first ones to "hit the wall." Scripture is filled with many examples. King David hit it when he refused to repent of his sins of adultery and murder. The Old Testament believer Job hit it when he lost all his possessions, his ten children, and was covered with festering sores from head to toe. He said that he wished he had never been born.

The Apostle Paul "hit the wall" on many occasions. He longed to be done with this life and be with his Lord. Yet he never despaired. That's because he never lost sight of one thing - God's love for sinners. He preached it. He believed it. Over and over again he reminds us of God's awesome love for sinners.

When we "hit the wall," go back to Paul's words in Romans eight and read them again and again. "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."Romans 8:38-39 NIV


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