Whew!!! The last 7 weeks have been STRENUOUS. I am currently taking a course that has definitely STRETCHED me and at times very much overwhelmed me, in the midst of many other things that the Lord has assigned me to do, spiritual warfare on so many different fronts, the surmounting pressures from family, friends, and issues of life, and some very natural things that is my everyday responsibility.
Today, I started pondering upon these things, as I just finished up my course work ahead of time, thus far. But God started talking to me in these things. At times we can feel crushed by the sheer weight of all these things, desperately looking for a reprieve from it all. You see before taking this course, I asked the Father, should I take this course. His answer was to SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED ONTO YOU – Matthew 6:33. Oh boy, there was times I just wanted to throw in the proverbial towel or even runaway from it all. But I knew if the Father asked me to do it, He would empower me by His grace to sustain me and be able to complete it.
Then the Lord started talking to me about the eternal glory that He is producing within us, that it is working within us in sharing in His joy. When Jesus endured the cross, He looked past the suffering He would have to endure, to the Joy. The Joy he saw, was you and I. As it was with the Apostle Paul. Just as when we endure the trials and tribulations, if we will look past it, and see the ones ahead of us whom by the trials and tribulations we endure, which will encourage others behind us to keep going, persevering, don’t drop your hope, don’t give in or give up. Each one of us has influence and an audience whether we see it or not, believers and nonbelievers alike. Our lives before them is the living epistle before them. KEEP GOING!!! There’s GLORY AT THE END OF IT!!!
For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure [surpassing all comparisons, a transcendent splendor and an endless blessedness]! So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18