Jesus said: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:28. While Paul told Timothy to: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Tim6:12 Job confessed: Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation. Job 13:15-16 While in Revelation 2:10 John told us: Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
We live in dying bodies, and this mortal life is not immune from difficulties and pain. We live in a fallen world.. a sin-sick dying human realm, and this fallen world is spiralling out of control. But the Lord knows His own and the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of trials. 2 Pet.2:9. This does not mean a life of music and roses – of cosseting and chocolates, for God sometimes bars the road we would travel.. and He sometimes removes the dear ones we love, but it does mean that His hand leads and guides in all life’s circumstances.
It does mean that He will walk with you through the darkest of nights.. and He’ll be with you in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death and disease. It also means that He will not permit you to suffer more that you are able to bear, and it means that in ALL things you will be a conqueror, if you remain in Him. His guidance however does not often comply with the way our minds expect. His leadings may permit perceived doors of opportunity to be slammed in your face. His directions may point to a way you would never have chosen nor imagine.
Like Paul you may be forbidden of the Lord to teach where you choose. You may have to receive the call to, come over into Macedonia, and help us. Like Caleb who stilled the people before Moses you must trust the Word of the Lord – and cry, let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. Num.13:30.
Wherever the Lord leads and however the Lord guides, your job is to obey.. but it may be lonely, and it will be fraught with many difficulties. His will for your life may not seem joyous or desirable… but bitter and hard. But joy results from faithful trusting acceptance.. in running the race He set you.. and though weeping may result in the night, His joy does come in the morning.
Remember Paul? He had to learn this lesson too.. a lesson of closed doors.. of failing friends.. of crucified desires – of deep pain. And yet the one who was called to disclose the mysteries of the Kingdom to us.. called his many trial and tribulations, these light affliction.. 2 Cor.4:17. Let us seek to so align our body, soul, spirit, heart, mind and will to His.. that like Paul we may also reckon that, our light affliction, is but for a moment.. knowing that it works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Yes Lord – Thy will not mine be done, in and through me.
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