But, alas, we must wait a while longer- how long, who knows?! These wretched, sinful bodies challenge our commitment, and we continue our race. We crawl, sometimes, it seems, yet forward we move. Day in and day out, we follow our Shepherd. Sometimes afraid, sometimes a bit shaken, yet unmoved. Our faith sustains us because His grace truly is sufficient when we struggle. Knowing that there is absolutely nothing outside of His love for us to lose ourselves in, we are freely willing to give it all up for Him. Sin bows down to the Spirit within.
Though the struggle rages on, we persist. We persevere. We pray, we follow, and we learn. We don’t give up! We know the reward is coming. The blessings that await us in Heaven are not necessarily our goal; they come with the journey to the one that holds on until the end. Our desire, our humbling spiritual grief that comes with wanting to be with Him, compels us to serve Him, be His hands, and look forward to life eternal. Oh,
gracious Father, who are we that you should think of us? (Psalm 8:4)
Like a Father, He lets us wander, but stands by in case we call Him. Like a Shepherd, He still leads us. Like a river, He runs through with power to make the changes necessary and lead us to where we should go. We may lose, but what we lose is not essential. It will be useless commodities or anything else that we have exalted against the Savior, the only
One worthy of our surrender.
Though the victory is already won through the Messiah, we continue to fight our own battles to stay the course, not realizing that in our struggle, we deny His power within us. Have we not been told? We are more than overcomers through Christ Jesus. Do we not believe it? Are we self-sufficient, subtly denying our need of His Majesty? Lord, help us!
There is but one King and He is sure of who He is. The doubts are ours alone. We must decide it in our hearts to align our thoughts, words, and actions with those of His Word, not our own feelings, desires, or interpretations. Only then can we be free. Because the truth is found there. He is the Truth, the Way, and the Life. Follow Him, unashamedly,
unapologetically, firmly, and truly, that the world will see Him, in us. Let’s pray, “Oh, Father, have your way!” May we be willing to let Him humble us to the point of not returning to deliberate sin.
Allow Him to break you; spirit, mind, and soul. Embrace the spiritual agony and listen to it. It thirsts for Him. May it not be our own hands that deny it the Living Water.
Glory to Him in the Highest, forever. Amen!