…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, (Hebrews 12:2, NIV).
You have a story.
Your story has a beginning, middle, and end.
We all have a story written by the same author – who knows the sweet and explicit details scribed on every page.
The story I’m referring to includes our names, our hearts, our successes and our failures.
As hard as it is to imagine, God knows what happens in the next chapter. He knows when or if our stories collide, because He can see the big picture. God is sovereign.
While some chapters are easy to read, pain is written into the fabric of the pages, which makes certain chapters hard to get through.
He understands it all – on the cross He felt it all – pain, humiliation, scorn, and shame.
For the joy set before him he endured the cross, (Hebrews 12:2, NIV).
His physical life was taken, but Jesus knew that was not the end of the story.
After three days He rose from the grave, just as He said He would, and brought The Father glory.
Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ John 2:19 (NASB)
A “mainline” drug addict’s life focuses on finding a “fix” to feel normal again.
Our hearts continuously crave a “fix” for our brokenness and eternal separation from God – a fix to feel normal again. No matter how hard we try to fill that craving ourselves, God is the only one who can give us that “fix” we are looking for by the filling of the Holy Spirit.
God sent a permanent “fix” to heal our brokenness on the cross.
Jesus knew there was joy ahead. He endured the temporary pain for God’s eternal promise.
God will use your pain to provide you with a platform for His purposes.
When we turn our eyes from the world and “fix” our eyes on Him, He fills our hearts with love and joy and labels the last chapter of our story… hope.
You gave it all for me. I praise You. I praise you for fixing my brokenness by way of the cross to make me One with You again. I praise you for letting me “fix” my pain and problems to the cross. I praise You for the blood of Jesus which fills the wounds within the broken places of my heart. You help me to shift my focus from self to Savior. May I keep my eyes fixed on you. For the joy to come you endured, so can I. You knew Your story was not finished on the cross, just as my story is not finished today. Thank You for turning my pain to Your platform for Your purpose.
In the precious name of Jesus I pray,
Reflect & Respond:
- What consumes your mind? Are you “fixed” on something else besides God?
- Do you realize that you are not alone? God knows the struggles you are going through. He felt them, too.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal, (2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV)
I’m praying for “Hope” to be the last chapter title of your story,