Recently, tired of being depressed over various circumstances, I made the first move to getting back into shape. One of the first things I purchased as a replacement after our house fire back in January was the perfect push-up because I knew how important it was for me and for my family for me to get regular exercise. My two greatest outlets/inlets for healthy living apart from renewing my mind with the Word of God are exercise and writing. I received a jumpstart to my renewed exercise plan by tackling rock, dirt, and asphalt with a mattock, shovel, and sledgehammer. This “exercise” was an “odd” job I had recently as I continually seek employment.
As I embarked upon the first few days of the perfect push-up, I was so sore I could hardly move my arms. But as I have continued to battle through muscle adversity allowing my muscles to be stretched and torn, I have felt a renewed strength. I have so much to be thankful for as you see: I was lying around with a PICC line in one arm not long ago due to a crazy infection.
You may need to hear this: (1) suffering in this life is a given and (2) God is with us in Christ as we walk in His Spirit. This suffering produces in us a desire to know Jesus more and to become more acquainted living with our mindset on our true home. You may be ready to throw in the towel. As Winston Church Hill once said, “Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never given in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” There is a spiritual battle waging in your life and in mine. Thank God the strength of Jesus is offered up to you and I freely—Lord help us to understand how to freely receive your strength.
Your torn and weary body will, as you seek Jesus, give glory to God with renewed strength. Please ponder upon and yield to God’s Word as you face your tearing moments or extended stretching durations. All Scripture is NASB. One last personal note from Winston Churchill: “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
“This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me.” (Psalm 119:50)
“For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us . . .” (2 Corinthians 1:8-10)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
“Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. ” (1 Samuel 30:6)
“. . . that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11)
“He said ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.’” (Job 1:21)