“If we could only look upon a difficult crisis as an occasion of bringing out, on our behalf, the sufficiency of divine grace, it would enable us to preserve the balance of our souls and to glorify God, even in the deepest waters.”
—C. H. Mackintosh (1820-1896)
It is easy to look at the current events in our world today and make drastic assumptions. “Is this the end?” some may ask. “We are doomed! This world is lost!” some confess! “Let’s go to war and fight!” others shout.
It is important to realize that the climate of today is not much different from the past. The political struggle, the racial tensions, and patriotic fight is much like it was during the days of Jesus over 2000 years ago. He was born in the middle of a climate that was difficult to navigate. He survived the slaughter of innocent babies under Herod the Great. He grew up under the tyranny of Rome when political and religious riots would often leave towns and villages under destruction and sorrow.
Jesus was well acquainted with troubling times. He understood his people’s desire for salvation; however, the salvation He would bring would be different from what they expected. He would not amass an army of revolutionaries to overthrow the Roman empire. He would not gather secret militias to fight and kill.
In fact, he said things would get worse. This doesn’t seem like a very encouraging word from the savior of the world. Yet, Jesus did not shy away from struggle or pain, but confidently walked right through it. Jesus endured until the end. He endured until that end became new again. This type of enduring is what Jesus invites us into as followers.
Amidst a world where the love of many turned cold, Jesus encouraged his disciples to endure and share Good News with the world. This is our mission. This is our driving goal.
The Apostle James understood this when he wrote about patiently enduring testing and temptation. Those who endure will receive the crown of life that God has promised. This is what it means to be battle-tested. We are a people who have withstood the test and trials of life.
May we look upon these difficult times and see an opportunity to share with the world a divine grace sufficient enough for all to receive.
What area in your life do you feel like giving up? Will you give this to God?
Lord, as the world tries me,
Help me endure passionately,
Keep my heartbeat strong,
Let me finish with the mighty,
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