My Musings – Although our troubles are temporary, while we are in them, we all have a tendency to be consumed by them. We fix our eyes on them. We can hardly focus on anything else. Yet because we are in Christ, if we fix our eyes on Him, things can be different. Hard pressed but not crushed. Perplexed but not in despair. Persecuted but not abandoned. Struck down but not destroyed. Wasting away but being renewed. With the proper focus we can see the all sufficient grace of God while still in the midst of what is pressing against us, perplexing us, persecuting us, or striking us down.
My Advice – In the less than memorable movie Noah’s Ark, starring Russel Crowe, there is one brief exchange between Noah and Tubal-Cain that I do remember quite well.
Tubal-Cain (menacingly): “I have men at my back, and you stand alone and defy me?”
Noah (matter-of-factly): “I’m not alone.”
Remember, no matter how desperate the situation, if you are in Christ you are never alone. Fix your eyes on Him, not the situation.