So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles. We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NCV)
Over the years, I remember hearing the analogy of dealing with problems: When I look at the problems and frustrations of my life they become huge mountains. But when I put my focus on Jesus, He becomes bigger than that mountain; and that Himalayan-sized mountain cowers into a corner.
A mountain isn’t an easily thing to climb. It takes hard work and just the thought of overcoming the challenge is daunting, scary. It may even feel like an impossible thing to do. When you stand at the bottom of a mountain, you can’t see over it, or to the left or right of it. And that vantage point can become overwhelming and incapacitating. When difficulties are seen from that perspective, they feel huge and are given a power of which they are not worthy.
The enemy wants us to focus on anything other than Jesus Christ. He wants us to forget that we are God’s children. He wants us to keep our eyes on the problems, because, if we keep our eyes on the problems, we take our eyes off of our Father and forget that His Spirit lives within us.
The Message says in the same passage, “even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.”
We don’t have to face our problems alone, without help or support. We have the One in our corner. One who offers everlasting, unconditional love, grace, and mercy. One who understands what it is like to be human, to live day to day on the earth. One who truly understands trials and tribulations. One who is our advocate, who will stand up for us in the face of battle and who has already willingly given his life for us. We have a God who cares for us so much that he knows the number of hairs on each of our heads. He provides for our every need so that we are able to walk through life without worrying about our past, present, or future.
The trouble we experience in our lives, even if it looks to be a huge, unfixable, impossible mess, can be changed in a moment’s notice. Things are already moving to make those changes happen whether we know it or see it happening.
Our goal in the midst of those tough times is to remember to hold on to God’s benevolence, His sufficient grace. Close our eyes and ears to the lies and false suggestions of the enemy. Believe and trust that His Kingdom was and is and is to come forever and ever. Have faith in the mountain mover.
So take a moment and step back. Put your focus on Christ. See how He loves and how he moves your mountains. Though the problem may still be there, that mountain recedes into the background and almost disappears; instead of a mountain the problem becomes a molehill.
Yesappa, I struggle with the circumstances of my life, but I know that You have the frustrating situations in Your hand. I need not worry. I need not lose hope, because you are there. Lord, help me keep my focus on You, on Your face. Lord, help me trust in Your grace and mercy. Help me have faith in what I can’t see, rather than believing simply believing what I can see with my natural eye. Give me peace in my heart. Thank you for keeping me in Your loving hand. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India (written in the U.S.A.)
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.