Thought for the day # 227
LOOKING BEYOND THE PRESENT
Hebrews 12:2-3 New American Standard Bible
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Life is filled with frustrations and disappointments. The pressures of the moment can rob us of great joy and victory that lies just around the corner.
Circumstances often dictate the decisions we make. The vision of the future and the hope that resides with in us, vaporizes in the face of our present difficulties. We lose sight of the bigger picture. The reward of diligent planning is often lost.
Jesus sets a perfect example of how we should approach our daily trials. He looked beyond momentary sufferings and pain and saw the reward of his effort. He would free multitudes from the law of sin and death.
He was able to present himself as the ultimate sacrifice for our redemption with great joy, because of the victory he would bring to his people. He looked beyond the moment and saw the completed result. The reward was worth the cost.
In like manner, we should face the trials of each day, never losing sight of our overall goal. We must always keep renewed hope within our heart and never allow hardship to steal our future from us.
Present trials and temptations last for a moment. They will pass. Let us turn our eyes upon our Lord and learn from his example. Better things will soon come our way.
The reward awaiting us has much greater value than the cost of our present difficulty. Just as Jesus reaped ultimate victory and is seated at the right hand of the Heavenly Father, we too, shall fight the battle and win.
We must not forfeit the promise of eternal life and its reward. Look beyond the present pain. Behold that great “Day of the Lord” when we shall rule and reign with Him. We must keep our eyes upon the future while clinging to our Covenant promise. Let us be encouraged to endure the moment while anticipating the coming victory. Great joy lies beyond our present difficulty. The Lord will safely guide us through it.
Dear Heavenly Father, sometimes I am very shortsighted. I allow my problems to discourage me. I forget the ultimate victory promised to me through your Covenant. I know that I give up too easy. Please forgive me for being discouraged and impatient. Help me to remember my ultimate goal. I pray in Jesus name, Amen