“What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?” This is one of my favorite rhetorical questions, posed by Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage. I believe the question really applies to most, if not all circumstances we go through in this life. What if the situations we are walking through today are not specifically happening to bring us joy or pain, but are a part of molding us, training us to look more and more like Jesus? As this transformation occurs, we increasingly shine an eternal light into a dark, unbelieving, anxiety-ridden world.
This life gives us opportunities and choices in how we respond: peaceful patience; a blow-up meltdown; faith-filled reliance on the Lord; love; hate; self-control; self-indulgence . . . The world is watching . . . Our children are watching to see what choices we make and if they line up with this Jesus we talk about. We are given these divine moments, no matter how uncomfortable, to fix our eyes on Jesus and respond to what life throws at us with an eternal mindset.
Today, as I am grappling with my own “difficult circumstances,” the Holy Spirit reminded me of this sweet, powerful hymn:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth will
Grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and
Jesus, this life is not easy. Help me to remember that You never promised easy, but You did promise You would never leave me alone. I want to keep my eyes locked on Yours and see this world as You see it—temporary. I praise You and thank You for the training course I am on, no matter how sore I may be at times. Please, Lord, allow those who are watching to see You in my actions and choices. In Jesus’ name, amen.
“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”Phillipians 4:6-8 TPT