|Posted by Mimi on April 26, 2011 at 3:14 PM|
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Have you ever felt like if life doesn't let up soon, you know you are just going to have a mental breakdown? I mean, if you have to keep jumping over hurdle after hurdle, problem after problem, that you might just stumble and fall, and lose the race? Yet somehow, you never seem to fall. Somehow, God always comes through at exactly the right moment ~ right before everything falls apart. God never said this race would be easy. Jesus showed us this when He came to live the perfect life in this sinful world, and to face death on the cross for His beloved children.
Jesus jumped over hurdle after hurdle, endured temptation after temptation, and overcame defeat after defeat ~ and His Father was right there with him, every time! When Satan tempted Jesus, God was there. Jesus only had to speak the Word, and tempation fled. God is here for us in the same way today. When temptation comes, when there is another hurdle to overcome, God is there. He will not let us stumble and fall, as long as our eyes are fixed on Him, on seeking Him; as long as we are focused on the upward call of Heaven. When we lose sight of Jesus, we will fall and sink. However, God is ever-ready to stretch out His hand, and help us back onto the path. Seek God in times of trial and temptation, and take rest in His promise: Jesus Christ.