Yesterday was a day in which just to do what we had to do was to be quite active. But to finish everything in good order would take nearly a superhuman effort. I like challenges like that for awhile, and sometimes you grow into being able to do something like that ongoing. But with circumstances and the enemy rearing its head with one of the same old same olds, I was rather at the height or you might say the depth of discouragement, thinking about packing certain things in. Wanting to be open to the Lord in whatever way, but just wanting to throw in the towel, even as I would continue to do what I would have to do.
And I was meditating when I had the opportunity on Colossians. And this verse (quoted above) especially stood out to me. Like a shot in the arm, even if I could hardly believe it could apply to the likes of me.
Though what I needed was strength and plenty of it, and I’m used to that in the kind of work I do, what I found encouraging was how God’s power and might, not my own, would help me to live with great endurance and patience. Yes, that thought at first seemed incredulous to me, but then it seemed to come from God as the needed shot in the arm.
We don’t know what we’ll face from day to day, much less what the future holds. But we can be assured that God in and through Christ by the Spirit will give us all we need and more to go on and finish well, which is my hope and aspiration.
And then I read the next lines:
I am not anywhere near as thankful as I ought to be. I more than less, I’m afraid, take for granted all the good blessings God has bestowed on me. The one exception to that, I believe, is my wife. It’s not at all like I’m not thankful for my job and all the many good things God has given me. It’s simply that I’m not nearly thankful enough. Well, here comes the line about joyfully giving thanks to the Father for qualifying us to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. And his wonderful rescue of us from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of the Son he loves.
Yes, the salvation in Christ for us and for the world is rich indeed. We in Jesus are to live in and live out that great salvation, spelled out in Colossians in terms of setting our sight on heaven in terms of Jesus and the heavenly life for us on earth. While giving thanks, yes- joyfully to the Father for this gift.
I need this power from God for life: endurance, patience and all we are called to grow into in Christ. An endurance and patience in life in terms of living out God’s will in Jesus. Not that we won’t fail here and there, even as we begin to know something more of this. But that it can become more and more characteristic of us, of our lives in the world for others. Through Jesus by the Spirit to the glory of the Father.