Following in God’s way is often difficult, but God is always faithful to our faithfulness. In my last post, I described that walking in my own way had led me into wilderness. Part of the road to that wilderness had been believing that I was still unworthy and insignificant in some ways–that there existed in me a weakness that could not be overcome.
But the truth is that God has forgiven me of every sin. I stand before Him altogether righteous and whole. There is nothing left wanting. I may feel weak and broken at times, but the truth is that Christ’s blood makes me a partaker of His divine nature, meaning that I have the capacity to display the character and strength of Christ in my own life (2 Peter 1:3-5). And my faith causes me to realize that strength and gives me hope (2 Corinthians 12:9-11).
“The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. . . . But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” (2 Chronicles 15:2b, 7)
God says to that if we walk faithfully with Him, we will be rewarded with blessing. But following Him requires work. Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that even though He has already won the world, we Christians will have trouble here. Life as a Christian isn’t perfect or easy. But the work that is required to remain faithful to God is not tiresome but rather rewarding. Jesus’ yoke is easy and burden is light because He has already done all the heavy lifting by His atonement on the Cross (Matthew 11:29-30). We are tried with temptations and hardships but because Christ dwells in us, we have the strength to endure through it all.
As we live in the light of this truth—that Christ makes us strong—we walk with Him in wisdom, and we will reap the rewards in this life and the next. He will heap blessings of all kinds upon us, and we will recognize them by the condition of our hearts. We will find that as we follow Him, we have the blessings of joy, peace, and contentment, even in the midst of trials. We are able to recognize His hand of favor upon our lives.
So, based on the power of the blood of Christ, you can be bold and courageous. His blood makes you righteous and able, so if you have faith in that truth, how can you fail? Weakness cannot define or restrict you. Satan’s accusations are pure fiction.
Live boldly! God is with you, and He will reward you day by day as you embrace His strength.
I don’t give into weakness for my work will be rewarded. (2 Chronicles 15:7, Driving Reflections—Endurance / Perseverance)