#0099ff">C-17°|F1° When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace; In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil. -- Edward Mote, c. 1834 Earlier today, while chatting with a couple of friends about various difficulties faced in this life, these words came to mind. They are from an old hymn written by Edward Mote which is entitled, The Solid Rock. In a blog written by my friend Galahad called Mental Illness Is Still An Illness , A comment made by Donwoods said: Life is not about our wants, needs, and comfort; it is about Christ working in us more powerfully and triumphantly.The more simply we depend on Him, and expect great things from him, the more we shall find in ourselves that he is become our salvation. I love what Donwoods said and I hope he will not mind my quoting him. I am a firm believer in what Paul writes in the fourth chapter of 2 Corinthians. I will quote it here in part using the New Living Translation. You see, we don't go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 Imagine that! GOD Himself came down and dwelt among us and caused His light to shine in our hearts so that so that we might know Him! Do we really understand what that means? He didn't have to, He chose to... simply because He loves us! We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7 This is the Good News! Darkness no longer has to have dominion over us, rather we can have His light shining in our hearts! We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 This is written in the present tense. It is not written by a non-Christian. This is written by a Christian, the Apostle Paul who was a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! He is telling the Christians at Corinth and us that while we will face troubles and heartaches in this world even as Christians, they do not have to overcome us. We are not victims of our circumstances; we are victors over them through Jesus Christ Our Lord! Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. 2 Corinthians 4:10 We are being watched! We need to remember that. If I have learned nothing else over the past couple of years, I have learned that when we go through afflictions, when we go through adversity, the world watches us carefully. How are we going to respond? Are we going to shake our fist at God and turn from His Way or are we going to cling to Him more tightly than ever and stand as a living testimony to the fact that God is bigger than any darkness? That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 What is your relationship with Christ built upon? What is going on in your life or is it built upon Him? If it is built upon your circumstances, your "house" will fall just like the house of the foolish man whose house was built upon the sand. If it is built upon Christ, The Solid Rock, your "house" will stand firm and secure upon Him regardless of the how hard the winds blow, how high the waves get, or how dark the night gets. It will stand firm and secure upon Christ Jesus...no matter what! For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 Never forget these words for they will help you to endure whatever storm you are in. While it may seem like an eternity, in reality your storms only last for a single brief moment in comparison to eternity. These too will eventually all fade away when we one day see Him face to face and we will remember them no more.
The Solid Rock
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Wonderful thoughts dear sister. No one actively seeks out tribulations yet tribulations are inevitable. The test of our faith lies in how we face our adversities and we can rest assured that we stand upon the solid rock that neither wind nor wave can buffet. We may not always like the adversities we face but if we face them with he sure knowledge that He is ever present, we always come out on the other end richer than when we began.
Amen. Any of us who have gone through the "dark night of the soul or body or both" know that victory is not the issue but faithfulness to the Word of God and total trust in Him is. Victories come and they go and if the Lord tarries, we all will one day succumb to the pressures of this life either mentally or physically and we will die. That is not being negative but rather honestly looking at what is important.
When all efforts are placed on perfecting the flesh and seeking to never have any pain or problems in this life, we lose sight of the great reality that Christ is our strength, our hope and our very reason for living--not ourselves. I am not afraid of tribulation, persecution or anything that may happen to this body or mind for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that HE is able to keep that which He has committed unto me until that day.
Great blog with a message that just has to be repeated over and over again so that God's people see what is really important in this life.
Yes, we often forget that this body will fade away and the things of this world are temporary. They are just the briefest moment in eternity! We must never forget what really matters and always remember that the VERY BEST is yet to be!