I read this blog post today and was greatly encouraged and challenged. How many “little” things threaten to steal my joy, and I grumble and complain and worry and fret and totally lost sight of the big picture – sleepless children, interruptions of my agenda, sibling conflicts, spilled milk, sickness, hurting friends,…..
Gloria Furman writes:
Jesus is able to comfort us in the grief we experience when we catch a whiff of death.
Jesus is our sovereign joy in the midst of the weakness we feel when we’re called to serve beyond our strength.
Jesus is with those who are being persecuted for their faith.
And Jesus forces stuff like microscopic staph infections to submit to his glory and his good purposes in our lives.
The God who is with my sister-in-law in her grief is with our Christian brother in his jail cell. The God who gives us strength to serve others when we’re feeling our weakest is working to bolster our faith through the millions of little things that vex us.
The fight of faith is waged in the context of this physical world—death, persecution, discouragement, and disease. That’s why I love this earthy yet ethereal description of the way God helps his children:
“There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty” (Deut. 33:26).
Yet in all of these earthly circumstances, our wrestling is not primarily against flesh and blood. Paul reminds us that our warfare is spiritual and that Jesus dealt the death blow to Satan when he died on the cross.
Jesus gives hope to those who are sleep-deprived for whatever reason.
When we place our faith in Jesus who died on the cross for our sin– in our place– then we will never be deprived of the all-satisfying God who rides through the heavens to our help. Because of the cross we can have the Lord as our portion every morning and forever.
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 31:24).
What a powerful reminder of the hope that Christ gives us in His gospel!