Blades of Grass
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Have you ever faced a challenge that felt impossible to deal with? Have you ever grown weary of trying to do the right thing when life seemed to just keep beating you down. Have you ever wondered What’s the point? What does it matter the choices I make, or the actions I take if I don’t seem to be getting anywhere?
Well, God says it does matter. Just like a thin blade of grass can remain nourished in the dark as it slowly pushes it’s way through hard concrete to find the light of day, so we too can be strengthened as we endure and push with our faith through life’s obstacles to find the light of God’s purpose.
Let’s face it, this is a cursed world full of darkness and many hardships. The Bible doesn’t sugarcoat the conditions that we must live in and the difficulties we must face. In contrast, however, the Bible teaches us that there is purpose in enduring. Endurance is not something that humans are very good at, however, because of our frailties and limitations. That’s why we need God’s help to endure. The challenges of life draw us close to our source of strength because we realize we can’t do it alone. Trials exercise our faith muscles and they grow stronger.
When Jesus walked this earth, he endured many hardships and sufferings, but He remained focused on a higher purpose and plan at work. He drew his strength from his relationship with the Father, and he trusted.
Hebrews 12: 1-15 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. …
As we form a relationship with God and learn to trust his character and goodness, we focus less on what we immediately can see and experience. We focus more on eternal purposes and in that, we also find meaning and purpose in our current situations. We begin to realize and trust that God is at work even in the chaos and confusion that may surround us, and He has a much bigger plan at work. He may be using our circumstances to teach us and discipline us and to make us more Christlike. He may reveal His purposes to us. However, we may not always fully understand the significance of our obedience and perseverance in this life, but God promises that it will be important and we will reap what we sow.
Gal 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
I challenge you, my friend, to focus on the eternal. Take heart, whatever your circumstance. Seek the Lord for your daily strength….and ENDURE!
1 Chronicles 16: 11 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Hebrews 10: 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
1 Corinthians 15: 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
PRAYER FOR YOU: May you be like a resilient blade of grass that seeks to push through all obstacles until you feel the warmth and light of God’s purpose and hope upon your face. May you run the race He has set before you and through His resources, may you endure.
Article That Inspired My Reflections:
How God Uses Stress For Our Good And His Purposes: http://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/how-god-uses-stress-for-our-good-and-his-glory.html?utm_source=Bible%20Study%20Tools%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08/20/2013