1 Corinthians 9:12, New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
"If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ."
My Comments: The Lord gave His all for us and can we not do as much for Him? We have not been told life will be a bed of rose petals. It won't be guaranteed, if we are walking with our Lord and Savior. What we will have is our Lord Jesus walking with us.
When Jesus walked out on the stormy seas to the Apostles who were in the boat Peter asked if he could walk on the water as well. Jesus bade him come to Him. He walked on water but when he took his eyes off of the Lord, instead of trusting the Lord, he had fear and started to sink. Then the Lord reached down and lifted him up with Him.
When we walk with our eyes on the Lord through the storm we can stay on top. When we take our eyes off of Him we sink. Then we need only take hold of His hand which will always be there, and He will bring us back out. We need the storms to strengthen us, our faith, our trust and to show others His glory as He brings us through the storms stronger and more full of faith in Him.
This is what happened with all the Apostles who kept their eyes on Him. Only one didn't keep his eyes on Jesus and he hung himself after denying Him. This one wanted Jesus to be as he wanted Him to be. We must never fall into that trap that leads to death. God created, we are His creation, the creation does not tell the Creator how He must be. The Creator tells the creation how He wants them to be. To do anything else is to be like Satan who wanted to be god. We can not be god nor can we create god the way we want Him. When we see Him truly then we can live and grow and go through the storms of life.
Always keep your eyes beloved on the Lord Jesus. He will walk with you through the storms of life that will come. He will always bring you through as He determines is best for you and all who are in your life, even if it hurts. Out of that hurt comes a beautiful soul if the soul is always looking for the will and working for the glory of God.
Oh, Abba my Father may we always keep our eyes on You, seeking Your will in all the storms of our lives. May we seek Your perfect will in all we do, want to do and where we go. May everything we do be in Your will only and not in our will. Thank You, Abba, for bringing us through all the storms of our lives and for guiding us through thy Holy Spirit.
Jesus, thank You for always reaching out Your hand when we fall short in our faith and trust. Help us Jesus, Messiah, Light of the world who gives us the Living Waters, to always live lives that lead others to God our Father, Your Father. May Your light shine through our lives and Your Living Waters flow through us to a world so in need of Your Salvation.
Holy Spirit, breath through us to a suffering world. Inspire in us the truth of the word of God and give us he words to speak to show the way to Abba Father through Jesus Christ the Son of God. Strengthen our faith and trust in Him who came to redeem us and offer us the free gift through His grace, adoption as Children of the King.
This we pray in Jesus name in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen