Jesus did not gain His strength and satisfaction from bread and water. Refreshment to continue the journey couldn't be found in something that needed to be digested. Jesus both hungered for and was sustained by something more. The sustaining will of His Father and a burning hunger to finish His work was the only thing that would strengthen Him through His journey to Calvary. This better food ultimately satisfied when He finally could exclaim from the cross, “It is finished.” Until then, Jesus always hungered for more.
Sometimes we can waste an entire lifetime letting people, experiences, and opportunities pass us by in the name of Christ. I believe we should wait for God’s call on our life but that doesn’t mean we can’t wait well. God is calling us to live & serve inside our current realities with everything we have.
Our problem is, we hear Jesus’ call to be faithful and we confuse it with a call to always be busy. Just because you are working, doesn’t mean you are bringing glory to God. Just because you are tired, doesn’t mean God is more or less proud. In fact, the area I’d say we neglect glorifying God the most, is in our rest. Why? Because we have become duped into believing the lie that sacrificing sleep means we are sacrificing for God. But here is good news...more than your sacrifice, Jesus simply wants you.
Because real hope isn’t on us to rip happiness out of life, it isn’t in a country, an idea or another person to fix us.
Real hope is in a God who has moved heaven and earth to come to get us and someday take us home to be with Him. When doubt comes, know when our hope is in Jesus, it is indeed certain whether we can feel it on any given day or not.
Many of our faith walks revolve around limiting mistakes. Rather than trying something challenging and coming up short, we play it safe and assume our position as a “role player” for the Kingdom. We are afraid to risk a loss on any of our efforts because we don’t trust that our God can make all things work together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) including our failures. Our biggest problem is we don’t see even our losses as a blessing that equips us for bigger and better things.
The enemy likes to use the fact that we’ve slipped up to bring us to a standstill. I’ve made some mistakes that have stopped me dead in my tracks in my walk with Christ. Suddenly I begin to wonder how God could ever love someone as terrible as me, and that I would never get myself together enough to be considered a “good Christian”.