Staying at our Post

‘Stay at your post, watching … I say it to you, and I’m saying it to all: Stay at your post.’ Mark 13: 35-37 (Msg.)

As much as we are assured of peace in Christ (John 16:33), and His presence with us in all we go through (Hebrews 13:5), Jesus never promised that our lives would be free from trouble. In fact, He said to expect adversity (John 16:33). To expect trials. The Bible even says to welcome these because of the refining of our character and maturity as we are molded more into His likeness (Romans 5:3-4).

But adversity is hard. Sometimes so hard, and so painful and confusing, that we wonder if we will actually come through it. And then there is the grief and regret sometimes, that life didn’t go according to plan. That we made poor choices. That others hurt us in ways we didn’t expect. I am thankful for a God Who redeems, Who brings beauty from ashes (Isaiah 61:3). A God Who restores, even for time itself, when the locust has stolen the years (Joel 2:25).

But what about being in the middle of something really hard, something you know God would have you persevere with? A difficult marriage. A difficult job. Singleness. A strained family relationship. What about the temptation to give up and walk away?

The words of Jesus in the verse above (in the context of His return) have been something that encourage me so much in times that are hard.

‘Stay at your post.’

Keep on, and continue in, those relationships and circumstances I know God has entrusted to me for this time.

But then I came across a (wonderfully paraphrased) section in 2 Corinthians 6 yesterday, which took this idea of constancy and faithfulness in our circumstances one step further. That is, not only to demonstrate this perseverance, but to do so with excellence by God’s grace

 

Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right …’ 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (Msg.)

When I read this passage I am reminded of what Jesus said of our walk with Him being the narrow way (Matthew 7:13). The high call (Philippians 3:14).

Faithfulness, with excellence.

None of this is at all easy. Especially when I think too long about my feelings in a difficult situation, or about needs not being met, but when I lift my focus to God, to His glory, to His bigger, eternal purposes that may not be clear for the moment, then I find myself strengthened. I find that a kind of joy comes even – not in the difficulty, but in the presence of God’s Spirit at work within me.

‘I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’ Philippians 3:14.

In our weariness to persevere, and especially our weariness to persevere with excellence, let’s draw near to God. Let’s wait on Him, until He has renewed our strength (Isaiah 40:31). Let’s behold His beauty and His goodness, His holiness and His love, strong in devotion to this awesome God we serve.

Our confidence in Him, will be richly rewarded (Hebrews 10:35).

 

*This post was originally published in March 2010, and has been reworked here. © Article and Photo by Birgit Whelan Copyright 2010, 2014.

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~ by Birgit on June 12, 2014.

 
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