Matthew 16:25 MSG
Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?
I had to smile when I came across this Scripture in the Message Bible. (This version makes the Word so down to earth). There is no question or ambiguity about just what Jesus is saying here. He is in the lead and we follow Him. It means we submit to God, listen to what He says, and go where He instructs. Many of us rebel when told what we have to do, but following Jesus takes us to exactly where we need to be to live a fulfilled life.
With Jesus in the driver’s seat we have no choice but to go where He “takes the car”; we ride along and enjoy the scenery. . . sometimes. Of course it can also be a drive along treacherous trails; in this case we have no fear, because we trust Jesus in the driver’s seat to get us through the danger safely. That does not mean we don’t sometimes shut our eyes and not look; some situations are really hard! But when we just trust Him, He will always bring us through whatever ‘hard’ we encounter. He is so faithful! “Don’t run from suffering, embrace it,” I recently learned about this in a close up encounter. The enemy decided I needed to be taken down, so he began his attack with a physical condition that the docs had no answer for, an auto-immune condition. Then a bone on bone hip became a painful problem that required replacement. Date set. Then a growing mole began bleeding. We know that spells danger, but getting in to see a dermatologist is difficult. Bandage on lymphydemic arm caused breakout. Then I woke up with vertigo one night. Next night my eyes were blurry. All these things were at once in a short period of time~ The auto`immune had been around and the bone on bone had been a growing problem for awhile, but once the date for surgery had been set, the attacks increased.
Now I had defeated the devil with Jesus and His Word once before with a cancer attack back in 2005. But I found with all the darts coming at once, it left me temporarily weak~ until a prayer session with some warriors brought everything into the clear.
My perspective totally changed~ I realized that I could trust God for all these things~ He was big enough to handle them all at one time. And as I trusted Him to heal me completely, I would come out stronger and with a whole new idea of healing. This would push me closer to the purpose God had set for my life. I would reach the goal that could have been illusive if I had not gone through this trial. So I now look at these hard times with joy and thanksgiving that God is allowing me to experience these tests. It is preparation for the next level. I'm truly grateful for this hard time.
My friends, you can always put your faith and trust in our God! Whatever your ‘hard’ is, see past the devil plan, and ride along with Jesus just leaning on Him when it gets too difficult for you alone to handle. He is always there to support you! His promises are true!
Be blessed my friends!