‘The Beginning’ – From the Ground Up Devotion #13

Compared to eternity, our life here on Earth is fleeting. For our God who created time and who is outside of time, the years, months, days and hours we spend here pale in comparison to the endless years we will spend in Heaven in praise and worship of Him.

We’ve written before, and I think it’s pretty evident through a lot of the songs on ‘From the Ground Up’, that life has its struggles and trials that challenge us on every level, testing our faith and character. The Beatitudes in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew have always encouraged me. Jesus recognises the struggles and difficulties of life, and comes through with a number of eternal promises – comfort, inheritance, and mercy, to name a few. Our faith and character is refined as we wait on these promises, and sometimes that can be a long time, but we must persevere.

Perseverance is hard; to remain faithful on a promise being delivered in what appears from all angles to be a hopeless situation is not easy. I don’t think God intended life to ever be easy – but He did create us to fulfil purpose, to have vision and to be filled with His presence. In the absence of seeing promises fulfilled, it’s our faith, not our sight, which we must cling to – faith that God will come through and never let us down.

There’s a promise that God has made to Rob and I that’s not yet been delivered. It’s difficult, it’s testing and it’s a struggle not to be overcome with hopelessness but we persevere. We continue standing, knowing that our God is faithful, He provides, He knows the desires of our hearts. Despite the circumstances we can remain joyful in Him. Of course there are bad days; we’re humans after all, but in the grand scheme of things, looking through the lens of eternity, this life is only the very start. There is no end to His kingdom.

Scriptures to check out: Psalm 119, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 5:12-16.

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