I woke up this morning praying for encouragement in a sort of desperate, oh my do I have to get out of bed, way. And quickly repented. I didn’t need encouragement. I needed Presence. Him. The Godhead. I needed more than blessings. I needed the Source.
Then I read this, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
And I received encouragement through the Presence of his Word.
Life is full of constant change, from the march of time to the aging of our bodies. The flux barrages us on all sides until we are worn. Maybe you’ve had one too many changes and you feel like you want to retreat into a cave and settle in for hibernation. I’m there with you.
Or maybe it’s not change that pressures you into seclusion, but failure or jealousy or bitterness or a headache.
Take comfort that his steadfastness enables your steadfastness. It’s those three words, in the Lord, that anchor us for carrying on our work through the twists and turns. You may come to the end of your patience and ability to endure, but He has no end. And neither do his mercies. So we remain in the Lord, where nothing we do is in vain. That is, a life that is swallowed up in the presence of the Almighty abounds with purpose so that even the smallest deed is done unto him.
Be steadfast today in the Lord. Enjoy his presence.