“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
There is always an opportunity to make a difference when you have persevered. The only thing that can stop you from doing what God has called you to do is you. But I encourage you today to persevere through. The tunnel may look dark initially, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
I am sure that you know someone who has persevered in their life even when they doubt what they will achieve. Jesus Christ, for example, knew himself as the savior; he knew when and how he was going to die. But in the garden of Gethsemane, He asked God while He fell on His face and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt. (Matthew 26:39).
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
In the garden of your Gethsemane (oil press), you might be tempted to think that you are going through a tough time. Under the intense pressure, you might ask if there was another way around. If the answer is no, remember, you have been given the opportunity to live out the purpose of life. It’s up to you whether you choose to live according to that purpose.
Jesus knew there was no other way around, and he stuck with what he knew, which is the will of the Father, and fulfilled his mission of laying down his life for us. He didn’t give up on us; instead, He won everything for us in his wrestling and make us victorious in our struggles. Jesus never loses sight of his purpose. He always kept going until He declared, it is finished! 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but power and love and self-control.”
1. Oh Lord, thank you for your steadfast love and mercy over my life.
2. Psalm 29:11: Dear Lord gives me strength and blesses me with peace of mind in Jesus’ name.