“I have to believe that the reward at the end will far outweigh all these challenges we are facing now.” Words I uttered in our Bible study group as we discussed how we can endure and remain faithful in spite of our circumstances.
I have to believe. I choose to believe. I may not understand all that’s going on yet I choose to trust in the Lord and in His promises.
I received the news of yet another vibrant life gone too soon. I’ve written way too many condolences, “sorry for your loss” this year. Too many beautiful smiles are gone forever, stars forever dimmed here on earth and we are left to mourn and learn how to live without their presence.
The world keeps spinning on its axis, it doesn’t stop for us to catch our breath, to figure out things, we don’t have the option of slowing down the clock. Time goes on. Leaving in its wake broken, numb, confused, and hurt people. It’s not always easy to remain positive and hopeful.
In John 6, there was some grumbling as Jesus was teaching. Some said “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” Jesus then posed this question to the Twelve,
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
I remembered how my husband and I would later echo these words as we struggled through some very difficult years. Our hope was waning, we were struggling to believe that we would ever get a “breakthrough”, but we decided that we would stay with Jesus, we had no one else to turn to.
I find hope and strength in the Word of God. It’s my lifeline. May these verses be a source of encouragement to you today. Don’t let it stop with you, feel free to share this encouragement with at least one other person you know is struggling today.
Life line Verses
I cling to Paul’s encouragement in 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. “
Paul had come to the truth of the matter. He had hope in this truth:
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Paul’s troubles were by no means light and momentary in themselves but by faith, he chose to rather look at them through the lens of eternal glory.
I choose to fix my eyes on Jesus because whenever I start looking at the storm around me, I become overwhelmed and I find myself sinking like Peter when he took his eyes off Jesus.
Fixing my eyes on Jesus
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:2-3)
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. (Revelation 3:11)
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. (Psalm 33:11)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am. (John 14:3)
|“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27 NLT)|