Move On Despite Grief

Mark 14:34   (KJV)   34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

Sadness isn’t sin—even the deepest kind.

As believers, there are times when we get overwhelmed with sorrow, deep distress, and troubles. We’re real people with real emotions. But we don’t allow ourselves to get paralyzed by them.

mark-14-34-moving-on-despite-griefPeople can betray us; we can’t stop them no matter how hard we try if they’re absolutely determined to doing so. We can’t control them, but we control ourselves. We do what we need to do. We move on.

More often than not, it’s a waste of time trying to justify ourselves when we’re not in an official trial. It has been repeatedly said: “In most cases, it’s easier to build than to repair.” So, we keep on with our journey: regardless of people’s take on it, we do what’s good, right, and godly.

There are people we can’t convince no matter how obvious the proofs and how numerous the evidences. Some enjoy being biased; some choose to be blind because doing so caters to what they enjoy believing—no matter how flawed. We let them be; we pray for them, and we keep living in and pursuing the light of truth.

When God asks us to face our own cross, no matter how hard, no matter how sad, we don’t have double thoughts about it. We have a choice, but as believers, we choose only one: obedience.

We do what we need to do when we can do something about a situation. Otherwise, we accept it; we learn from it; we find ways and means to grow and be stronger from/in it.

 

Persistent Pursuit

Mark 10:48   (KJV)   48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

There are those who are physically blind but who see with the eyes of faith. Bartimaeus recognized Jesus as the “Son of David”—a then-known title for the awaited Messiah.

mark-10-48-persistent-pursuitOppositions can arise in our pursuit of the Lord; pursue Him nonetheless.

Presence of oppositions and obstructions doesn’t necessarily mean being out of God’s will. In fact, hindrances and attacks may be positive indicators that we are on the right track.

Persistence is a virtue—if it’s for the good, right, and godly.

We’re not obligated to always listen to what the crowd says. Praise God we know Who to always listen to. He’s always right.

The majority isn’t always right. Remember, there are a lot more people who prefer to enter the wide gate and walk the broad way.

There are desperate times when we need to push harder and raise our voices louder.

God’s mercy covers not only our deep spiritual needs but more than all our needs.

Judgment to See

John 9:39   (KJV)   39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost; He came to give His life as a ransom for us. He was anointed to preach the Gospel, to heal, and to deliver. We’re familiar with those reasons. Those are preached about—often, and that’s good. He has other reasons why He came; one of those is judgment. It’s most often received as something that’s negative. But it’s not; judgment doesn’t necessarily equate to condemnation.

His judgment is so that those who are blind may see, and that those who don’t realize they’re blind may also realize their real conditions, and that they too may really see. God wants everyone to see the truth, to believe the truth, to abide in the truth. He wants everyone to live free from lies and deception. That’s the only way we can really live in reality. There’s no lie in God; there’s no darkness in Him, that’s the reality He wants us to live in—reality in God.

Better to be corrected than to live in error. He judges us now so we won’t be condemned. A judgment of a different kind will come, not the corrective kind, but the final kind. We don’t worry; for believers, it’s not a sad time; it’s a time when everything will come to light; it’s a time of revelation; it’s a moment of our ultimate vindication. For others, it will be a day of surprise and horrible shock. Our eyes, hearts, and minds are open. God makes sure we see.