I drew this promise this morning from my box.  “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us.”  II Timothy 2:12

Here is the little poem that accompanied it:

“A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify; A never-dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky.”

After I read it, I was reminded of a piece I recently saw in one of my devotionals by Max Lucado.  It’s from his book called, “In The Eye Of The Storm.”  It’s also quoted in his daily devotional book called, “Mocha With Max.”

Max says, and I’m going to paraphrase;

For some of you, the journey has been long, and stormy with many burdens.  Robbed of dreams, saying good-by to life-long partners and family.  Many of you have spouses that can’t tolerate your faith.  Bills bigger than your paycheck, and every day challenges that outweigh your strength.  You are tired.

Then he says…and I quote:

“It’s hard for you to see the City in the midst of the storms.  The desire to pull over to the side of the road and get out entices you.  You want to go on, but some days the road seems so long.  Let me encourage you.  God never said that the journey would be easy, but he did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.  Remember this:  God may not do what you want, but he will do what is right…and best.  He’s the Father of forward motion.  Trust him.  He will get you home.  And the trials of the trip will be lost in the joys of the feast.”

Thanks for those encouraging words, Max!  It WILL all be worth it…someday!



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