Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The stalking lion
Do we know what is going to happen tomorrow or the next day, next week or next year? Of course not. And it's probably a good thing. God may have ordained circumstances that would terrify us.
But we dare not live in fear. God never gives us anything that He has not given us the power to overcome. Whether it be strained relationships, financial difficulties, tasks that occupy our every waking hour, children, parents, or injury and illness, God give us what we need when we need it. Worrying about those things is of little benefit for it is counterproductive. Embracing the difficulty, however, by trusting in the tight embrace of the Father on your life will see you through.
When Paul was writing to the Corinthians he must have been feeling the same thing. In fact, he said that "we groan and are burdened" in this life. But--and this is a big but-- "it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." Knowing this should dramatically effect the way we live. The Apostle says it best:
"We live by faith, not by sight. . .So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." (2 Cor. 5:7-10)
Hum. "So we make it our goal to please him. . ." That ought to get me to my feet and keep me moving in the right direction.