October 11, 2017
One Foot After Another
“we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, (Paul, in Romans 5:3–4a)
Do you ever have one of those days when it’s hard to get out of bed and get the day started? Sometimes, all you can do is tell yourself, “Just keep moving. It will get better.” So then, you determine just to put one foot forward, then the other, until you finally feel like taking on the day. Sometimes, the body has to operate on auto-pilot until desire catches up.
That is often an apt description of faith. While some times faith is bold and energetic, at other times it barely hangs on. Disappointments, spiritual and physical exhaustion, and guilt sap our strength and drain much of the joy of life. We may not be ready to quit, but we wish we could. Life is hard.
Paul tells us that we can rejoice in these difficulties because they produce the ability to endure, making us stronger in character. The more we “hang in there” the firmer our grip will be for the next challenge. Faith is like a muscle that grows stronger with use.
This is possible because of what we learn in the verses that come before: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” In other words, we are never without access to the source of our strength. Because Jesus gave Himself for our transgressions, they do not block our access to the peace that come from God. Before Him we are reconciled and renewed.
Said another in Philippians 4:13, Paul wrote “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”– even putting one foot in front of another.
Walk by faith, no matter how you feel.