You probably have noticed, like most everyone has, that our world has gone through a lot of changes in the past year and into this new one. There is a lot more anxiety, stress, loss, hatred and fear about what is ahead of us. All of these things can surely take a toll on our mental health, our family life and our overall spiritual condition. Yet this one thing which is certain that I know, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us no matter the overall condition of our world.
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.”
That is a promise from God that can keep us grounded, stable and assured that no matter what transpires in our lives, God will give you that peace and calm that passes all understanding. He will give us hope, peace, calm, strength, direction and vision when the world is in chaos, falling apart, full of bad news, frustration, hatred and words filled will depression. God’s word is full of life, words to lift your soul in an hour of darkness. In the valley of desperation we can be assured that there will be a light to guide our paths.
We must be focused on Him. We must keep our minds in His word, to pray without ceasing, to lift each other up. May God give to us His vision, to see our world, our friends, our families as He sees and loves them. We can be the hope for those around us. We can encourage others with the same encouragement that Christ has given us. Help others not to lose sight of where our strength comes from. Don’t lose sight of all that He has done for our freedom and eternity. Christ has given His life for us, was raised to life to bring us new life. As Christ told one of the thieves on the Cross who believed in Him, “Today you will be with me in Paradise” , we can receive that peace of forgiveness, hope, life, joy, wisdom and strength today and everyday if we stay focused on Him.
Today I am thoroughly Thankful that Jesus stayed committed to the plan of Salvation and saw it all the way to the end Can you imagine the thoughts that satan constantly bombarded Him with to try and get Him to turn away. Knowing what was ahead of Him, the torture, the abandonment, yet He looked through it and beyond because of His deep love for us and knew what His death would hold for us.
Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The night that He was betrayed Jesus knew who was going to do it but He didn’t say a word. He drew the faithful ones close to Him as they ate the Passover meal together and He spoke to them of how they should remember what He was about to do.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 23. For I received from the Lord Himself that [instruction] which I passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is (represents) My body, which is [offered as a sacrifice] for you. Do this in [affectionate] remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in [affectionate] remembrance of Me.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are [symbolically] proclaiming [the fact of] the Lord’s death until He comes [again].
Jesus had so many opportunities to say I Quit but He didn’t. Even as late as when He was on the cross He could have cried out to be free and legions of angels would have descended upon the Earth to set Him free. But He didn’t. Because of His love for all of humanity throughout time, He was sacrificed, the perfect spotless lamb for the sins of all mankind, that whoever would believe on Him would not perish but have Everlasting Life. His determination made a way for Hope and eternal life for all of us. Can we, with eyes fixed upon the prize of eternity, complete our life no matter the cost, and give praise with joy no matter what lies ahead. The sacrifice was the start, freedom is coming, hold fast to your faith