Finding peace and joy in your current circumstances, right where you are today, is not always easy. So often we think of today as just a stepping stone to our big dreams of tomorrow. We wish to hurry through our present doldrums to get to the awesome future we just know that God has planned for us.
Paul teaches us in Philippians Chapter 4 that he had learned how to be satisfied to the point where he was not disturbed or anxious no matter what state his life was in. The secret of being content he says, whether living in plenty or want, is to know that we as Christians can do all things through Jesus Who gives us strength. When our life seems out of control, we must remember that God is fully aware of our situation and He is not troubled or alarmed. Our faith should sustain us when the situation around us is worrisome; our faith should tell us that God is still in charge and we need only look to Him for the strength and wisdom required to continue on. Sometimes just trudging through life, through the day to day dreariness we all feel at times, can be difficult.
A Story –
There was a man named John who cried out to God, “Please Lord, my burden is too heavy, this cross you have chosen for me to carry is too much to bear.” The Lord listened to John whimper and snivel for many a day before He finally told the man to place his cross in a room behind the door that was suddenly visible to him. John immediately did as he was told. Then while walking John towards another door God explained that everyone of His children has a cross to bear, it would help him mature and grow, so John would have to choose another from the room they were entering. Once inside the room John looked around to see a vast amount of large crosses, all of which looked enormous to him, some much larger and heavier than his previous cross. John searched for a very long time looking for the burden that would be the easiest to carry. It seemed to take an eternity for John to realize that no burden was easy enough for Him to bear on his own. As he left the room with his old cross in tact, he was amazed at how light the burden felt when he allowed God’s grace to carry it for him.
It is so true that there are times we think no one understands; no one has ever had to live through the difficulties we’ve endured. It’s just too easy to throw ourselves a pity-party and allow it to become a slumber party. Yet while on this earth our Lord suffered and persevered through more than we can even imagine and He is not only capable but also willing to walk with us through our difficulties. He will never leave us nor forsake us, this He has promised. Not only that, but He has already given everything we need in Him to sustain us. In fact, He told us plainly in 2 Corinthians 12:9,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
In our weakness we are made strong through Jesus and it is in that weakness that we can best glorify our Lord and Savior. Cast your cares upon the Lord and He will uphold you. He will never let the righteous fall. As the Psalmist declares, “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” ( Psalm 68:24) Don’t wait for tomorrow; today is the day, no matter what it brings, to glorify God. Whatever you’re going through, look to the Lord for strength and declare as Paul did, “When I am weak, then I am strong” and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” For these are our Lord’s words and He has already told us in Isaiah 55:11,
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Truly He is glorified when we allow ourselves to be what we really are, weak and in need of Him.
May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing – through the experience of your faith – that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing, even bubbling over with hope.