Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pushing Through

19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave. 20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, 21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;  -Job 10:19-21 (KJV)

Try to imagine a level of discouragement and despair so severe that the comforting presence of God begins to feel more like oppression than blessing.  This is where we find Job of the Old Testament as he poured out his heart to God and made known his complaint.  In his frustration, Job asked God to turn away and leave him alone so he could enjoy a little peace before he died.  Wow, it is hard to comprehend a follower of God reaching such depths of misery.  God’s Word shows us this stark picture of despair so we might better understand how down and out people can become when the trials of life are overwhelming them. 

Perhaps you have felt discouragement to the point of becoming angry with God.  You may not have asked God to leave you alone as Job did, but you felt upset and bitter with the circumstances of life.  Such overwhelming feelings can come upon us as the result of the stresses we so often face.  Rather than become bitter as Job did (he later resolved his feelings), try instead to see the greater picture of God’s plan.  It is true we do endure trials and suffering in life.  However, we have the comforting presence of God and the power of His Spirit to guide and help us through.  Push through it, my friends, and do not give up.

In essence, this is what Job did; he pushed through it.  At 52, I have become keenly aware of the need to stay physically fit and doing so requires discipline and commitment.  Many days when I am working out, I recall the advice of my son, who is a health enthusiast, about pushing through.  He contends that during a workout, when you feel you have gone as far as you can go, you must experience the power of pushing through.  This is where your body is telling you that you cannot do any more repetitions of a certain exercise.  However, rather than give up, you push through it and continue.  Pushing through is not to be confused with overdoing it, which is inadvisable.  Instead, it is about finding the strength to do what you were certain you could not have accomplished.*

There will be times in our lives as we seek to grow in Christ where we feel we have gone as far as we can go.  Christ compels us to push through to the deeper walk with Him.  The typical scenario of spiritual growth is holding to our faith in the hard times of life and yes, you guessed it, pushing through with God’s help. 

Keep going, keep your faith, be strong in the Lord and by the power of Jesus Christ push through to that higher, nobler plane where we walk with God in victory.

God bless you today.

*Be sure to  check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine.