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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2010 04:58:03 -0700 (PDT)
Forthright Magazine 
Straight to the Cross

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Enduring The Blows Of Life
 by Tim Hall

Many analogies have been used to describe our lives on
earth: voyages across often-stormy seas, climbing to
the summit of tall mountains, fighting daily battles.
We steer clear of comparisons like "a bed of roses"
because we know one thing for sure: Life is sometimes
quite difficult.

What keeps God's people going when those blows are
allowed to land? Here are a couple of passages that
have helped many:

Hebrews 12:2 - "Looking unto Jesus, the author and
finisher of our faith..." Peter was granted an awesome
privilege - to walk on water, just like Jesus was
doing. Peter's walk was cut short, however. Why did he
begin to sink? Matthew tells us: "But when he saw that
the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning
to sink he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!'"
(Matthew 14:30)

If we concentrate on the blows of life, we may also
begin to sink. Let us learn the truth presented in
Hebrews 12:2. Let us never stop "looking unto Jesus,
the author and finisher of our faith."

1 Corinthians 15:58 - "Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work
of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in
the Lord." Here is a needed admonition for those who
have been disappointed in God's decisions. Some, after
suffering hard blows, consider giving up.

Once again, Peter illustrates the concept. On one
occasion Jesus' teachings offended many of his
followers. Some even turned away from following him.
Jesus looked at those who remained and asked, "Do you
also want to go away?" (John 6:67)

Peter spoke for faithful disciples of all times when he
responded: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the
words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and
know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living
God" (John 6:68,69).

We won't always understand God's will for us. Sometimes
we won’t even like it. But to whom will we go? Only in
Christ will we find everlasting life. And one thing
more we believe: "We'll understand it all by and by."

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