There are times in this life when everything is going so wonderfully one wonders why there needs to be a heaven. There are times in this life when everything is going so badly that one wonders if they are in hell. In between the euphoria and the misery is where most of life is lived.
There are many Christians who believe that either every day should be glorious and filled with nothing but sunshine or no day should be anything but another day of dragging one's cross around. I believe that the foundation of our Christian faith is not found in what kind of day we are having but rather in our relationship with God.
For the life of me, I cannot understand how people survive who have nothing to live for but themselves and this life only. For those whose entire existence is wrapped up in the affairs of this life, they have no choice but to endure the horrible ups and downs that come in this life, being tossed to and fro like a leaf in the wind.
Yesterday the Stock Market dropped 1,000 points in 30 minutes. I am sure that for millions of people whose entire life revolves around that market, they were either physically sick or emotionally at the breaking point. This is how life turns out to be for those who do not understand the hope that is laid before us and the faith needed to live in the eye of life's storms.
A sudden ailment, severe storm, accident on the freeway or death of a loved one is equivalent to the Stock Market dropping 1,000 points in a hurry. These kinds of life experiences will either devastate a person or make them stronger and better. The ability to rebound, just as the Stock Market did, is many times dependent upon the depth of faith in one's heart and the resiliency that genuine hope brings.
There are few, if any, guarantees in this life. None of us are owed anything and there certainly are no universal promises affording everyone equality in all matters. Whatever life throws at us will either cause us to crumble or make us stronger. No matter what the day brings, we must strive to so trust God for His protection and blessings that it matters little to us whether the day is going well or not.
Our abundant life is NOT determined by how much money we have, how healthy our bodies are or how many warm bodies fill the pews of our church. Our abundant life is strictly determined by how deep our relationship and fellowship with God is. A rock solid relationship with God yields the inner strength needed to persevere through anything that comes up in this life. Without such a relationship, we are doomed to riding the roller coaster of ups and downs with no control over how they affect us.
Amen, on Christ the Solid Rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand.
Our hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
We dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, we stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
We rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
Our anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support us in the whelming flood;
When all around our sousl give way,
He then is all our hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may we then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
May it be so for all who put their trust in the Lord.
I have often said (to remind myself) that we are NOT victims of our circumstances rather we are victors over them! [quote]Our abundant life is strictly determined by how deep our relationship and fellowship with God is. [/quote] I love this blog and am taking it to heart. I am afraid that far too often I find that my eyes are on the wind and the waves rather than upon the One who is walking upon them.
May we all take these words to heart and fix our eyes upon Him... no matter what!
Having a Heavenly Father to depend on is a wonderful thing. Then I can stay focused on him, I feel safe. Like when I was very little & thought Mom & Dad could fix anything.
Good blog. Shalom from Marjorie