Thought of the Day March 8, 2019 God provides the strength

By 9:49 AM

What is our struggle? What is our thorn in our side? Is it a physical pain or affliction that is part of the imperfection of our human condition, which deteriorates as the body ages?  Paul shows us how to transform even suffering into something of eternal worth: “In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.” (Col 1: 24) 

Is it rejection or persecution from the outside, because of our faith-life in Christ Jesus? Peter assures us: “Do not be surprised, beloved, that a trial by fire is occurring in your midst. It is a test for you, but it should not catch you off guard. Rejoice instead, in the measure that you share Christ’s sufferings. When his glory is revealed, you will rejoice exultantly. Happy are you when you are insulted for the sake of Christ, for then God’s Spirit in its glory has come to rest on you.” (1 Pet 4: 12-14)

Is it a doubt which impacts our faith in Christ? Take courage from the words of Jesus to Thomas who initially doubted the resurrection unless he could see for himself the crucified, risen Christ. “Do not persist in your in your unbelief, but believe...You became a believer because you saw me. Blest are they who have not seen and have believed.” (Jn 20: 27, 29) In times of doubt we need to say with Thoms: “My Lord and My God.” (Jn 20:28)

Is there an indifference in our spiritual life which hangs like a pall over us? Or do we feel like an oscillating machine moving from one extreme to the next, from hot to cold, settling to being lukewarm?  Heed the words of the Amen, the faithful Witness and true, the Source of God’s creation, Jesus: “I know your deeds; I know you are neither hot nor cold. How I wish you were one or the other--hot or cold! But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. I will spew you out of my mouth!” (Rev. 3:15-16)

Is it a crisis that is draining our energies because our whole focus is trying to cope with an impossible situation? The author of Hebrews says: “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith.” (Heb. 12:2)  His grace is sufficient. (To be continued)

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