Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Even though everything seems to be dormant, it appears like my hard work has failed and I have nothing to show for it, I will rejoice. I can still have joy in and through my Savior! The Lord is my strength and he will take care of me. He will get me through it!
We are constantly striving to better ourselves for his work. Sometimes we fail but we still press on. None of us have reached the goal or are done with the race. We have not received the prize which is our reward in heaven. When we mess up we move on, forgetting what is behind and looking forward to the future. Press on toward God and his calling for us.
Do you ever have days when nothing goes as planned? Days when you feel down and depressed and like a genuine failure?
Well, if not then skip this post it’s not for you!
But for those of us that are “normal” (I hope that this isn’t just me hahaha) this scripture is for us!
Yesterday was one of those days for me. I woke up in a “mood”, I was tired and grumpy and I let that control my attitude, outlook, decisions (or lack of), etc… I did start my day off in the word but failed to let it direct my paths. So my day went down right crappy! I lost my patience with my children and yelled, I was short with my husband, I was lazy in my homemaker responsibilities, and I failed my husband. The list could go on and on and so could my excuses. But what it boils down to is I let my mood direct me instead of God! I didn’t rely on Him for my strength and tried to do it on my own.
This scripture reminds us that even when everything is falling down around us and we cannot see the fruits of our labors, God is in control and we can rejoice. We don’t have to lose heart and let the lack of seeing control our believing. We pick ourselves up (with God’s help) tighten our boot straps and move one. We rejoice that it is His battle and we are on His team. He holds our pasts, presents and futures in the palm of His hand not ours. We press forward forgetting what lies behind us and straining forward to what is ahead. We move forward to the goal God has called us to achieve.
This Lenten season let’s focus on just that. Letting go of our past failings, learning from them, and moving on to what God has planned for us. Let’s focus on how we can be better examples of his love to others. Don’t get caught up on seeing the fruits but in doing the labor. Sometimes we are just the sowers and there are others who were called to be the harvesters. Let Him be our source of strength and rejoice that he is in control.
Lord, help us in this journey to rely on you and follow your calling. Help us not to get caught up in results but in our motives being pure and on track with yours. Help us to receive your forgiveness and in-turn forgive ourselves and others who may have wronged us. Help us to allow you to guide and direct our paths. Thank you for your living and active Word and how it speaks to us fresh every day. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for sending your Son to die a sinner’s death in my place. Help us to remain in your abounding love and show that love to others. Amen
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