Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
do not plunder their dwelling place;
for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
As we go through life, we are going to experience downfalls. Whether the cause is our own mistakes, unforeseen adversity, or caused by others who seek to cause us problems, difficult times come to us all.
The issue is not whether we falter in life or experience a hardship. The issue is whether we get back up.
There are diverse motivations for getting back up. We might get back up for our own interests, for the benefit of others, for pride, etc. However, there is only one motivation for getting back up that is eternal and will not fade.
What keeps me going and has kept me going as I live with chronic illness and have faced various difficulties is not what, but who-Jesus.
As Hebrews 12 says:
“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Jesus is the reason that some days I get out of bed to go about my day hoping to share his love with others. He is the reason for me persevering through life with chronic illness, so I can reach out to people from diverse cultures.
Perth Girl of The “F” Word at faithfood.blog wrote an excellent post yesterday about pressing on in our faith. Her post is- Press On. Her post is based on Philippians 3, a passage from the bible I love
We work towards goals in life such as college degrees and resume building for a career for two examples. Knowing Jesus is the ultimate goal and the one that will never fade away.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.