Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
The following story is told of a man during the California Gold Rush: “This man who sold all he had and bought a gold mine. He worked for many months and found nothing. Finally, in frustration he gave up and sold it to people in the East. Several years later, the new owners decided to check the mine for gold. They found the rusted pick where the old miner had abandoned it and the lantern where it had sat when it went out. They started to dig, and before long they found gold! They had dug only six inches—the old miner had been six inches short of the gold!”
Sometimes living life is harder than we expect. We have this vision that when we get married, when we get that job, when we move into a new home, when we have kids, etc. that everything will be perfect—like buying a gold mine. Then we discover that “mining gold” is not as wonderful as we thought. The work is backbreaking, tools break, obstacles get in the way and the gold is not as plentiful as we thought. Often our faith is challenged, and we feel like throwing in the towel and quitting in desperation.
Think of Jesus’ disciples. They left their livelihood and their families to follow this man named Jesus because of the promise of something more. For three years things were great. Lives were changed, miraculous things happened, great crowds gathered to hear the teachings of Jesus. However, all that changed one night. Suddenly life got difficult. Their leader was arrested. They feared for their lives. Jesus was crucified! Then after the resurrection, they discovered that even though Jesus was indeed alive, proclaiming his message was no easy chore. In the end, many of them suffered and even were killed because of their faith.
When we walk with Jesus, we must remember the words of Hebrews 12:2, which says of Jesus, “Who for the joy set before him endured the cross.” Even for Jesus, things were tough. His earthly desire was that this burden be lifted, but He understood the Father’s will had a greater purpose. Joy would come in the end. The moral of the gold mine story is to never give up on life. I would encourage you, even more so in Christ, to never give up. Things may be difficult, even unbearable, but God loves you with an everlasting love and has your best interest at heart. There will be joy!
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, help us to find joy in You. All I see before me today are obstacles that rob me of your blessed joy. Give me the faith and the courage to face those challenges in Your strength. I pray that today’s frustration would be transformed into the gold of blessing as I “walk with You by faith.”