was an Olympic runner from Britain who won
a gold medal in the 1924 Paris Olympics.
He was a man who had a deep commitment to the Lord
and had future plans of being a missionary.
In the meantime, he knew God had given him
a special gift to run,
and he often said,
“I feel God’s pleasure when I run.”
He spent years training for the Olympics.
He passed each hurdle and
qualified for the Olympics.
Finally, the day came for him to run in the games
that were held in Italy.
There was only one problem.
One of his running events was held on Sunday.
Liddell refused to run on Sunday,
believing it dishonored the Lord’s Sabbath.
He held to his convictions and brought
great persecution on himself.
He made a decision that even if
it meant losing his opportunity
to compete, he would not run.God’s laws were greater than man’s applause.
Just when the circumstances seemed hopeless,
another situation arose that allowed
Liddell to run on a different day.
So often this is the case in the spiritual realm.God tests our hearts to see if we will
remain faithful to Him
at the cost of something important to us.
Once He knows where our loyalty lies,
He opens a new door that meets
the desires of our hearts.God takes pleasure in seeing His creation
used for His glory.
Liddell understood why he was made to run;
he used his gift of running to bring
pleasure to his Creator.
Later, Eric Liddell went on to
serve God on the mission field.Does your life work bring pleasure to the Lord?
Do you understand that
God instilled certain gifts and
talents in you so that He might find
pleasure in His creation of you?
Take pleasure in the gifts God
has given to you this day. And let His glory shine through you.