A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about Prayer.
I’ve been thinking about how much I have taken my own writing to heart in that time. One of the blessings and also challenges of Christian Ministry is that there are countless opportunities for prayer. It is true that we really do not know what tomorrow will bring. The book of James encourages us in this and tells us that we ought to speak in a way that prayerfully acknowledges and trusts the Lord with our future (James 4:14-15).
My recovery from knee surgery has been far harder than I thought… I really don’t wish to focus too much on myself in this blog entry. But I bring this up because it was something I thought would be easier and had prayed about in advance and yet the reality has still been a struggle. My thoughts on what it would be like have not been what I have experienced.
I wonder what struggles you are facing right now? What surprises have come in to your life that have been harder than you expected? In the midst of these experiences we need to continue to trust the Lord and learn as much as we can. Our natural reaction is to get down in the doldrums or dwell in the negativity of what is happening to us – and on what we cannot do (like walking!). It might be a cliché, but the ‘silver lining’ is there somewhere. It may not solve our immediate worries, but being able to see hard situations as opportunities and avenues to grow in our faith is a biblical way of looking at life (Jam 1:2; 1 Pet 1:6). True joy after all is not found in our circumstances, possessions or life stage, but in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Pet 1:8).
We are continuing our series on Hebrews as a church and this book is all about Jesus. Keeping our eyes on Jesus is the best thing we can ever do! Immersing ourselves in scripture and prayer enables us to get perspective on our lives that we don’t come to naturally. This is one of the great encouragements of Hebrews chapter twelve:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
May we set our eyes on Jesus today.