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Embracing God's Promise of Abundance When Hardship Endures
Awaiting the Joy
by Jenny on April 14th, 2015

"Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne." Hebrews 12:2

In the past I have not fared so well toward the end of my pregnancies. Physically I feel great. It's my emotional energy which tends to dissipate. Rather than anticipating the next arrival with joy I spend the last four weeks (or more) of my pregnancy thinking the baby could arrive at any moment. However, with this pregnancy I determined to set my sights on the end. Oh, I've enjoyed all the kicks, bumps and thumps along the way. But rather than getting consumed by what feels like the ever slowing down of time, I chose to focus on the joy which lies ahead. And though I hope our little one does not stay in my womb forever, we are but a few days away from delivery, and I feel joy and peace like never before.

Whether it's the blessing of a pregnancy or the challenge of a hardship, the daily grind of life can consume us. How do we run the race of life with endurance? How do we finish the race of life well?

The writer of Hebrews encourages us to run the race God has set before us by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). Jesus ran His earthly race over two thousand years ago. And I think most would agree that He ran it well.

How did Jesus run His race? Hebrews 12:2 implies that Jesus ran and endured His race because of the joy set before Him.

The cross that Jesus bared was full of shame, hardship and suffering . . . all things evil.  Jesus came to earth fully aware of the race which lied before Him. Yet Jesus ran the race by focusing on the joy that awaited Him at the end.

What joy, you ask?

The joy of completing His Father's will. The joy of being used by His Father to reconcile the lost to Himself. The joy of sitting down beside His Father in Heaven once He completed His race.

For those of us who have professed their faith in Christ, the same joy awaits us.

I realize it is one thing to endure the race of a pregnancy and quite another thing to endure the race of a hardship. I've competed in both races. Regardless of the type of race we find ourselves in, when we run our race with Heaven in mind, we discover an endless supply of strength.

Colossians 3:1-2 read, "Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of Heaven, not the things of earth." Rather than allowing daily life to weigh us down, we must think about the reality of Heaven. We run the race of life by thinking about the joy that awaits us at the end.

Remember the words of Paul in Philippians 3:14, "I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." When you feel as if you cannot endure another day, Paul says to press on. We press on by setting our sights on the reality of Heaven, on the prize, on the joy which awaits us.

Whether you await a baby, healing from sickness or freedom from bondage, set your sights on all God has promised. If you feel unfamiliar with God's promises, keep reading, find a Bible study group or contact me. I will be waiting with joy.

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5


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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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