For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. -2 Corinthians 4:17
Think of a time in your life when you felt so happy and accomplished.
- When you learned how to ride a bicycle. Scars won’t lie.
- Getting your college Diploma. Those panda eyes! Can’t conceal them in your graduation pictures: Oh that Thesis!
- Signing your employment contract. God knows how many resumes and interviews you asked His help on.
And these times we consider remarkable because we have overcome something, a challenge perhaps or we have moved out of our comfort zones.
- after a fall on the bike, you stopped trying…
- you just dropped it because rumors had it, the professor of your thesis is a hard man to please…
- you got tired of sending resumes since the first application failed…
You wouldn’t be able to experience a sense of achievement.
When we try to escape or lose hope over our present situations, we are too shortsighted.
Think about how Paul can ever describe their situation at that time as “momentary and light” when there was so much turmoil going on? There were oppositions, factions inside the church, false teachings and persecutions among the believers.
Seriously, Paul? Come to your senses! A seemingly hopeless circumstance, yet he encouraged them to look beyond what is seen, for what they were experiencing is temporary (transient) and the unseen is eternal (what is to come).
This made me remember the experience I had with Sky Bicycle. For you to reach the end of the trail, you have to keep pressing on the pedal as the wind tries hard to shake the only wire your bike hold on to. If you momentarily lose your confidence because of the shaking and stopped pedaling, it’s going to be difficult and heavy to move the bike from there on. I realized this when the “Kuya” who was guiding the brave ones (including us) kept on shouting “don’t ever stop stepping on the pedals when in the middle”. This made sense.
In the book “The promise no one wants” of Joey Bonifacio, it says there:
With the greatest breakthroughs come the most violent shaking and turbulence.
When you’re almost reaching the promise land God had set for you, this is when you need to keep moving and pressing on. Keep moving in faith and keep pressing on the power of prayer.
As Christians, we shouldn’t expect a trouble-free life.
Truth be told, when there is no TEST, we won’t have the TESTimony.
And the stretching of our faith produces results (endurance) according to James (1:3-4), so we may be complete, lacking nothing! Hence, let’s take joy when these problems come for we’ll gain the opportunity to grow in faith.
Besides, in heaven we will no longer be able to practice patience, kindness, goodness, love and self-control! There is no need for those there.
Seize your stint here on earth!
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. -Hebrews 10:36
God will finish the work that He has started in us. He is the creator and finisher of our Faith. His grace will not run dry on us, so we are assured of this: WE WILL OVERCOME! 🙂
Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. -2 Corinthians 4:16
When we start to dwell on the shakings that we experience, we would easily lose our focus.
This is the best time to remember God’s faithfulness in the past. This is the time when we need to remind ourselves of His love. We need to stop magnifying our circumstances and start magnifying God’s power and sovereignty. Praise Him during the good times, praise Him during the bad times. Rejoice in the Lord always!
Lord, thank you for today! Thank you for allowing us to remember your goodness in the past and for reminding us to have faith because You never failed us. Whatever we experience today, we praise you because it gives us the chance to recall your mighty works in our lives. We praise You for yesterday, we will praise You today and we will praise You tomorrow.
WRITTEN BY: RICHT ARCAYNA