A recent Saturday was just a normal day. As I lay with our granddaughter during naptime, the deep roll of thunder could be heard. Within a few minutes, it was upon us and it was not sounding like typical thunder at all.
And so, I sent a text:
“The thunder this afternoon is unlike any I have heard in a very long time. Makes me realize … God is God & I don’t think He is happy with planet earth right now. It has such an angry tone.”
It was a most sobering sound, then the rain and hail started.
Life is hard. Let’s just say it straight out. Sure, some days and circumstances are easier than others. We constantly wage a battle and push forward. We face struggles with varied degrees of stress, and with some amount of stress seemingly included in every day.
Holy Week and Easter brought a most precious reminder:
“Behold He comes, the risen one
Salvation is coming
Behold He comes, the shining Son
Redemption is calling
Behold the lamb who overcomes
Heaven’s champion, seated on the throne
Just hold on
The King is surely coming.”
Jesus spoke many things to His disciples, and to us, in those final days before His Crucifixion. Every word purposely spoken to keep us from stumbling:
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NKJV)
Other versions say:
- “but take courage” (NASB)
- “but take heart” (NLT)
- “be courageous” (HCSB)
One thing is clear – we will have troubles in this world. One thing is even clearer – Jesus has overcome the world and all we will encounter.
So what are we to do each day as we face obstacles?
We are to FIX our eyes on Jesus and His Cross.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2, NASB)
We fix our eyes on Jesus by returning to the story, His Story, going back over and over again on His victory. We remember how He set His eyes on the road ahead, the Cross, and determined to get there. We bow low before Him, acknowledging our great need of Him, depending on His strength for each day.
And we return to read these words once again:
“Â I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” (John 16:33, AMPC)
Jesus told us these things so we would have peace, so we would take courage and remain confident, so we would remember He has overcome and conquered the world – for each one of us!
I’m sharing two posts from last week’s link-up:
We’ve heard the word ‘deconstruction’. In her post, “Another Gospel?“, Barbara Harper encourages us to know what we believe, and be fully convinced of God’s truth, and not waver in our faith. You can read it HERE.
Lisa Burgess brings a wonderful post on contentment: “There’s something about receiving only enough for the day that keeps me coming back for more. It keeps me dependent on the mercy of God.” Read her post, “Just One Roll of Toilet Paper, OK?” HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.