“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill, but time and chance happeneth to all.” Ecclesiastes 9 vs 11
Since this quarantine started many of us especially Christians became fired up with the word of God and almost everyone, everywhere, became preachers and prophets. People went out and stock up with food, and toilet tissue was almost extinct for a while. But after all of that, the reality of things became much clearer and by now many realized that this quarantine or our new way of living is here to stay at least for a while. Now we are seeing frustration and anxiety taking over, so much that some people chose to put themselves and others at risk just to go back to “normal” even with the “stay at home order” still in effect in some places. They have become worn out and tired because for one its human nature to socialize and two they thought that they could have done this on their own. But quarantine has proven to be a heavier load than most of us expected and the weight of it has become too much for many to bear.
When change happens, it is always a process and sometimes the process can take a long time. But the idea is not how you started out, but its about enduring to the end. It is about staying the course and finishing strong. Paul said in Hebrews chapter 12, that we should run this race with patience and look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus too had a race to run, and he did not only run the race that was before him, but he completed the course. I cannot help but wonder, what if Jesus did not finish his course? The course of salvation was not an easy one, he suffered many things, he was called a liar, he was tempted, ridiculed and beaten but he endured the cross, and the shame (Hebrews 12 vs 2) because finishing was what matters.
Many people like myself would very much like to return to living our lives without restrictions and many have already become dangerously impatient. But I am asking you to stay the course. Because at the end, you will see the benefits of enduring. Jesus was rewarded for enduring and passing his test, because he is now sitting at the right hand of God. He has left the right example for us on how we too can stay the course. He demonstrated patience, love, and faith in his Father in heaven. Jesus did not have to do that, but he did it to show us how to endure. Let us not forget, that He left his beautiful home in heaven to come and dwell with us on earth, that was a drastic change for him, but he endured. Today, if you are struggling to keep it together, or having difficulty staying in one place with no knowledge of when it will be over, get in the word of God. I promise you that the word of God will get you through this. God’s word does not operate like we do, it does not get all excited one moment and let us down easy the next. The word of God endures when everything else fails.
Here are the spiritual tools that can help you to endure any situation, Patience, Love and Faith. Get in the word and learn how to lean on the God of patience (Romans 15 vs 5), ask him to give you the patience that you need, to tolerate others. Fall in love with him because he loves us and his very nature is love, thereby you will learn how to love others (1 John 4 vs 7) then, your faith will develop and you will be able to tell any mountainous situation to be removed and it shall be done in Jesus name (Matthew 17 vs 20). Love and patience work together when we are tested or tempted (James 1 vs 2-4), love (God’s love) is the glue that holds it all together, it keeps us from falling apart. Do not deprive yourself of it, get in the word and let the word of God become your survival guide to surviving this new season and beyond. Remember that when you persevere through trials you develop patience, experience, and hope (Romans 5). Do not give up, invite God into your space and he will see you through.
Let us pray. Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me to endure these trying times. Please help me to finish my course and only look to you for strength in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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