Sustained to Stay

“Brothers, each man (and woman), as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.” – I Corinthians 7:24

Our responsibility to God is to stay where He calls us.

When the going gets tough, the faithful stay and fight.  He has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power that prepares us to persevere.

In my own life, I have seen the blessing that He bestows on His beloved that remain faithful in the face of fire.  I was called to a position long ago, and asked to remain unless granted release.  A time came when the wind was whipping so hard, that I did not know whether or not I  could stand where I had been called.  For nearly a year, the storm raged and my foundation shook.  He was ever faithful to meet me in my moments, and provide places of peace, despite the storm.  As I held fast to His promises, and fought to cling to Christ, He equipped and empowered me to keep walking where I had been placed.  Thankfully the storms at last ceased, and a season of sustained sunshine began.

He equips and empowers us to do far beyond what we can imagine in our own limited insight.  He is faithful and able to hold our head, heart, and hands, even through the most difficult days.  Joy does come in the morning.  Joy, not always in sunshine and smiles, but in a deep-rooted understanding of who we are in Him, and just how much He loves each and every one of us.

The beauty that we must not forget is that we are not home yet.  What awaits us in a little while, is worth every sacrifice or space of suffering that we must walk through in this place.  Today is but a blink of an eye, compared to what is promised for all of eternity.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that what is promised is far greater than even our very best days here on earth.  Teach us to have an eternal perspective, so that we may persevere in the present, and find joy in You, as we press on toward the promise.  As we are faithful, may You be forever found by the hearts who are ready to be held in Your hands.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

8 Comments

  1. Shannon,I could relate to your experience, and what a joy to realize God was sustaining in the midst of great storms. Thanks for expressing so well the ‘keeping’ power of God.

  2. Love this post Shannon! Your story is inspiring… everyone has thought about giving up at one time or another. We know God is faithful, but stories like yours encourages us when things are tough. Thank you for sharing.

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