How do you handle life’s little–and even larger–difficulties? The physical pains, mental frustrations, and social disappointments? Do you become unpleasant the minute something goes wrong, focusing on yourself and your misery rather than on Jesus? Or do you fix your gaze firmly on Him and on what He may be trying to accomplish in your life through this unpleasant moment, and not let go?
“You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4 NASB)
There are stories of snakes who cling so tightly after they bite that their victims have actually had to walk into the emergency room and have the snake disengaged before being treated for the bite! THIS is how we ought to cling to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Human nature is selfish; the less you immerse yourself in Jesus, the less you tend to consider the needs of any but your own. I can, furthermore, unfortunately, clearly see this behavior pattern in the lives of others–but do I see it in myself? Can I recognize when I begin to live selfishly?
We all may have excuses at various points in our life–such as a dibilitating illness or other catastrophic occurrence, or more pain than we may have previously experienced–but great or small, none of it justifies taking our eyes off of Jesus!
But how can we do this in practice? How can we keep our eyes on Jesus when our circumstances are trying?
It all depends on how much we treasure Jesus, personally. If we don’t honestly value Him much, we will be much more willing to begin grumbling and complaining at the first sign of difficulty. But if I acknowledge Him as that “pearl of great value,” that most priceless of treasures whom I have found, I will recognize my role in His economy as that of a witness of Him to those around me and CLING to Him–every bit as audaciously as that fish continues to remain latched onto its victim.
And it will not be easy. Depending on what you are going through, your body may hurt, your mind may be stressed, and you may feel a second’s tick away from a harsh self-centered snap at someone. But even that-were you to drop the ball–can be a moment of witnessing Jesus, because of the graciousness of Jesus through us, because of our humbleness in asking for forgiveness when we are abrupt with someone. Most of all, I will not be ashamed of the name of my Savior before anyone! How do I know He will not use me to bring them closer to the message of salvation and forgiveness?
So, how do you handle life’s difficulties? Do you become unpleasant the minute something goes wrong, focusing on yourself and your misery rather than on Jesus? Or do you fix your gaze firmly on Him and on what He may be trying to accomplish in your life through this unpleasant moment, and not let go?
Thank You that You have brought me through what it is that You want me to go through. Help me to remain close to You and “shine You” to others, that they may glorify the Father who is in heaven! Amen.