Friday, June 29, 2012

Stand By Me

The more I study the life of Jesus,
the more my perspective of things changes.

As I seek to understand
the things going on in my life
(and in the world),
I, once again, realize
that everything revolves around

I have tried, in the past, 
to understand things
in my own strength
and have come up empty.

True wisdom comes from
knowing Him.

In as such,
seeing things from
His perspective
has become life-blood
for me.

Seeing things through His eyes
gives me

My attempts and failure
at forcing myself into
being content
with circumstances
has actually forced me 
deeper into Him.

I now realize that 
doesn't intend for us to be content
in circumstances.

How can we be?
To be content with
governments & suffering,
poverty & evil
is perverse.

He isn't content with these things
so why do we try and convince
each other that we should be?

God desires for us,
to be content in Him.

As I was pondering all of this,
Holy Spirit reminded me of
Jesus' time in Gethsemane.

Here is Matthew's telling of it:

"Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, 
and he said, 
“Sit here while I go over there to pray.”  
He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, 
and he became anguished and distressed. 
 He told them,
 “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. 
Stay here and keep watch with me.”

 "He went on a little farther and bowed 
with his face to the ground, praying, 
“My Father! If it is possible, 
let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. 
Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

  "Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed,
 “My Father! 
If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, 
your will be done.”  

"So he went to pray a third time,
 saying the same things again"
(Matthew 26:36-39, 42, 44)

You see,
Jesus wasn't content with His circumstances.
But he was content with the Father.

He wasn't content with
what He was about to suffer.
But He was content with knowing
 that in spite of
(and because of)
His suffering,
God (He) would prevail!

How comforting to know
that despite 
evil, corruption, poverty & perverseness,
GOD prevails!

Knowing this 
fills me with

Though my world may be crumbling ,
I am content,
knowing that Jesus 
is standing by/with me!

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