Trials are real, and they come in various kinds. Every Human being faces them. The Bible says “…Count it all joy, my brothers, and sisters, when you meet different types of trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him, (James 1:1-5).
Still, it is difficult for anyone who is going through tough times to count that as joy. When tribulation comes to us, our first thoughts are to find a way out. And when we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, we tend to panic. But James is telling us to face our trials with steadfastness. Because in the end, everything will work out in our favor.
So, brothers and sisters, the next time life hits you out of nowhere and barely leaves you holding on. And when you are tired of fighting, chained by your control. There is freedom in surrender, lay your burden at Jesus’ feet and let it go. Then you will find out that your world is not falling apart. It is falling into place. Your heavenly Father is sitting on the throne. Stop holding on and let Him hold you.
Heavenly Father and Father of all fathers, today is the day earth people honor our fathers. But there is none like you, Lord. Some men have many sons. But you have one, and you sent Him to die on Calvary’s wretched cross for the sins of the world.
I thank you for all fathers, Lord. Thank you for the new and inexperienced ones as well as the old and wise ones. Father, I thank you for those who have stood by their children through thick and thin. Lord, I thank you for the one who, though not perfect, has nonetheless live an exemplary life that that children everywhere would want to emulate.
Father, thank you for that new father who is willing to endure sleepless night to care for his newborn. And thank you for those fathers who work multiple jobs to provide for their family. Amen.
Don’t allow anything to distract you from the gracious presence of Jesus Christ
Everything else can wait when you are in the presence of Jesus Christ is the essence of the story about Martha and Mary found in (#Luke 10:38-42), It is both intriguing and instructive. I think every Christian should take note. Because so many of us are like Martha and so few of us is like Mary.
This is how the author begins: Jesus and his disciples were out and about one day. They entered a village, and a woman named Martha received them into her home. Martha had a sister called Mary. Both women were excited to have Jesus in their house.
Martha was a kind woman. She liked to serve others. So, it
was not a surprise that after she welcomed Jesus and his disciples, she went
straight to the kitchen to prepare a meal. Mary who always help her sister in
the kitchen went and sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his words.
Meanwhile, Martha was distracted and overwhelmed by all the work she had to do in the kitchen. She approached Jesus and asked him if it did not bother him that Mary had left her to do all the work in the kitchen. But, instead of instructing Mary to help her sister, Jesus scolded Martha. Martha! Martha! He said! You are worried about many things. But only one thing is needed. And Mary has chosen that right path, and it shall not be taken away from her.
It seems to me, like many of us, the one thing Martha needed was to receive the gracious presence of Jesus Christ and listen to his words. Because in the end, it does not matter who you are or what you do. If you do not have Christ, you have nothing.
Hence, everything else can wait when you are in the presence of Jesus Christ.