The big question is: Why run and not walk? We run so we are not easily distracted. When we walk, we notice everything around us. But a runner is focused on only one thing. (1 Corinthians 9:24-26). As Christians we are not racing against each other. We are each in our own lane running together! The best way to run is to stay in your own lane and not be distracted by others’ race. In a marathon you cannot set your own course; if you do you will be disqualified. This is also true in the Christian race because God is sovereign.
Verse 2 reminds us that Jesus initiates our faith and He also completes it. This, in a way, means he brings it full circle. This echoes the verse that says, ‘God is faithful to complete that which has begun’. (Philippians 1:6). It also serves as a reminder for us that we should not finish in the flesh that which was begun in the Spirit. (Galatians 3:3). We should allow the Spirit of God to complete the work and not concoct our own means in a failed attempt to help God.
The Christian’s main hazards to their race are depression & discouragement. Verse 3 reminds us that our trials are not as bad as what Christ endured for us. As such, we should praise Him for what He has done for us, be hopeful, and not give up. – Eruore Oboh