August 29, 2020

Bob Maas
"Sing the praises of the Lord, you His faithful people; praise His holy name. For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning."
Psalm 30:4-5
"Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
Hebrews 12:3

The greatest example I have of perseverance is Jesus Christ, my Lord, Savior and Friend. At the cross, Jesus never stopped trusting God to do what was right. There was a time when all it would take for me to give up is a little pain, rejection, fear or disappointment. Now, I have learned that most of the time God is simply desiring that I be still, silent and maintain my focus of attention on Him and remain aware of what is happening from His perspective and trust Him. Some time ago, for a few brief moments, I saw the moon block out the brightness of the sun during a solar eclipse and it felt very eerie to me. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind, however, that everything would return to normal when the eclipse was over. So, it is with the darkness I experience when God is seemingly not shining brightly in my life. All I have to do is keep centered in Him and quietly wait for His return. Just as dark clouds may obscure the sun, I know that it is shining somewhere in the same way that God is always watching over me. I pray that the Lord will keep me mindful of that the next time I am in a difficult trial.