ROCK BUT NO ROLL

The year has barely started and there are plenty of reminders that we live in very challenging times. We have stepped into a new year full of hopes, dreams, fears and perhaps a lot of uncertainties and the ‘knock-backs’ have probably already started… These might be issues that we face on a global level as well as our own individual personal lives.

There are questions that dig into my mind and heart… How can we face the hours, days and weeks ahead with a sense of courage? Where can we draw hope from? How can succeed in jumping over all the obstacles ahead – and finish the race well?

There is a very interesting part of Moses’ Curriculum Vitae in Hebrews 11 that I want you to notice and ponder on: ‘…by faith he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.’ (27) Here are different other renditions of the same expression: ‘He endured’ (NASB); ‘He kept right on going’ (TLB); ‘He never flinched’ (Moffat).
What an amazing description of someone’s obedience and faithfulness in following God. If I am allowed to write it – I even envy him. But remember that Moses’ life was peppered with very difficult obstacles. here are some that you may consider and even identify with:

  • Guilty past – having committed manslaughter in a moment of anger.
  • Leaving safety behind – choosing to lose his royal privileges.
  • Opposition – the number of times Pharaoh threatened him.
  • Criticism – His people grumbled constantly and accused him.
  • Betrayal – His co-leaders/family let him down several times.
  • Negativism – spies returning from Canaan.
  • Feeling a failure – the people around making him feel like that.

Well, this man knew about hardships, no doubt about it. Therefore he can be a trusted fellow pilgrim or even mentor. I feel like asking him, ‘how did you manage to persevere Moses?’ The author of Hebrews provides us with an insightful hint: ‘he had his eye on the One no eye can see’ (MSG)

That is the simple secret we can take to heart in the midst of a topsy-turvy world – keep Jesus central, focus on Him, serve Him, let Him guide you – let Him be your everything!
This is not as simple as writing words on a blog – I know that too well through personal experience… It is unbelievably challenging. In fact it is totally impossible – on your own.

But with His equipping, strengthening and empowering all things are possible! But it is also matter of personal choice. Daily surrender. Constant. Dynamic. Unconditional. Whatever your dreams, hopes, battles and obstacles – remember that!

 

 

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One thought on “ROCK BUT NO ROLL

  1. We are subscribed to http://www.gracegems.org/ and we get quotes from puritans daily in the e-mail. They are gorgeous. Here is yesterday’s quote, from James Smith, (“A New Year’s Motto”, 1865). It seems to fit in well with what you wrote and it was quite encouraging to me – sorry if is is too long:

    “Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near!” Luke 21:28

    “We are entering upon a new year, we shall have
    new toils,
    new trials,
    new temptations, and
    new troubles.

    In whatever state, in whatever place, into whatever condition we may be brought this year–let us seek grace to follow our Lord’s loving advice, and “look up!”

    Do not look back–as Lot’s wife did.

    Do not look within–as too many do.

    Do not look around–as David did.

    But “look up!” Look up to God–He is your Father, your Friend, your Savior. He can help you. He will help you. He says, “Look unto Me, and be delivered–for I am God!”

    Look up for light to guide you–and He will direct your path.

    Look up for grace to sanctify you–and the grace of Jesus will be found sufficient for you.

    Look up for strength to enable you to do and suffer God’s will–and His strength will be made perfect in your weakness.

    Look up for comfort to cheer you–and as one whom his mother comforts, so will the Lord comfort you.

    Look up for courage to embolden you–and the Lord will give courage to the faint; and to those who have no might–He will increase strength.

    Look up for endurance to keep you–and the God who preserves you will enable you quietly to bear the heaviest burden, and silently to endure the most painful affliction.

    Look up for providence to supply you–and the jar of flour will not be used up, and the jug of oil will not run dry; but God shall supply all your needs, according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

    Look up in faith–exercising confidence in the Word of a faithful God.

    Look up in prayer–asking for what God has graciously promised.

    Look up in hope–expecting what you ask in the name of Jesus.

    Look up with adoration–and adore the sovereignty, righteousness, and wisdom of God.

    Look up constantly–let nothing daunt or discourage you! Rather say, “Our eyes are on the Lord our God–until He shows us mercy.”

    Look up–for this will keep . . .
    the head from swimming,
    the heart from sinking,
    the knees from trembling,
    the feet from slipping, and
    the hands from hanging down!

    It is impossible to say what will happen to us, or what will be required of us this year–but “Look up!” This direction, if properly attended to, will . . .
    procure for us all that we need,
    secure us against all that we dread, and
    make us more than a match for all our foes and fears!

    Fellow-Christian, are you fearful? “Look up” and hear Jesus saying to you, “Do not be afraid–I Myself will help you!”

    Are you discouraged? “Look up”–and your youth shall be renewed like the eagle’s, and fresh light, comfort, and courage shall be given to you!

    Are you desponding? “Look up” for Jesus never breaks the bruised reed, nor quenches the smoking flax.

    Do not look too much at your sin–look at the infinitely meritorious blood of God’s dear Son!

    Do not look too much at self–but look at Jesus, who ever lives to make intercession for you in Heaven.

    Are you stripped of your comforts, your props, and your goods? Then look up! He who stripped you–loves you! He will be more than all these to you! He will . . .
    bind up your broken heart,
    calm your perturbed spirit,
    cheer your drooping mind, and
    fill you with His own peace and happiness.

    Look up . . .
    for all that you need;
    from all that you fear;
    through all that would obstruct your way.

    Look up every day, saying with David, “In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You–and will look up!” Psalm 5:3

    Look up in every trial, saying “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help: my help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth!”

    Do not look at your sin–it will discourage you!

    Do not look at your self–it will distress you!

    Do not look at Satan–he will bewilder you!

    Do not look to men–they will deceive, or disappoint you!

    Do not look at your trials–they will deject you!

    “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us–looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith!” Hebrews 12:1-2

    Look only, look always, look intently–to Jesus!

    Run looking, work looking, fight looking, suffer looking, live looking, and die looking–to Jesus, who is at God’s right hand in glory.

    Oh, look, look, look to Jesus!”

    Brindusa

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