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Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3: 7 – 11 part 2

Last week, we talked about “righteousness” and we said, “Righteousness is NOT from man or anything done by man. Righteousness is not just acting in accord with a divine or moral law; it is being changed by God and enabling us to live the law – see Matthew 5:17.”

What we are focusing on this week is the word “enduring.” What do you think of when you hear that word? Some synonyms you might find are: ageless, permanent, constant, remain, abide …. As I have been writing this blog, it has been almost humorous at how life intervenes. So, you know how you can be just going along and everything is really okay and then the proverbial other shoe drops.

On Tuesday, I was at work and suddenly didn’t feel too well. I talked to my boss and went home. Wednesday, I actually ended up at the Emergency Room. It seems that I was dehydrated – I honestly don’t know how. Seriously – I had not been sick – just suddenly my health decided to take a dip. [By the way, I am better now – thank you God.]

A humble reminder that I am not in charge; but also a poignant example of what “enduring” is. Just like righteousness is of God; that which endures is of God. Unfortunately our health will not endure. There will always be peaks of fitness and valleys of sickness. More often than not, we do not appreciate the interruptions in our lives. When these times come on me, I will abide in one verse, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. Sometimes we need to take a break and stop. Listen. Look around. See God at work.

Malachi 3:6, “I am the LORD and I do not change.” God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent; He is unchangeable. We, on the other hand; have limited power, are not near as smart as we think we are and no matter how hard we try we can never be in two places at the same time. We change like the wind … and sometimes … when we least expect it.

We are temporary; this life is not meant to be permanent. It is when we stop and see God for who He is, believe Him, trust Him – surrender all of who we are to Him – being changed by Him (righteousness) that we may then abide and endure in His glory – His permanent, enduring glory. All praise, honor and glory is due to God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.  

Comments | 317 days ago
In this political and cultural season, endurance is a thing much to be desired. It's tempting to say "I have to endure this. How much more can I stand?" Such a self-reliant activity is a main source of stress...and I believe our bodies are the barometers, warning us when we've reached our limits even while our minds are saying, "I can stand it, I can stand it." In fact, so much of our brokenness and sin comes when we can't stand anymore and we seek relief in all the wrong ways, especially in perspective-forming and rationalizing. Surely God did not design us to simply cope with our good lives. When I'm reminded that God's very nature is rooted in immutability, then I can relinquish the folly of relying on my own strength, and abide in His. Fears melt away, I can trust there's a bigger picture, and I feel the effect of righteousness transferred to me--the power of God's hands working my clay, the surrender to God's vision for me. Whew!

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