Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that The Lord has promised to those who love him.
So it’s the day of rest and we’re all living off that weekend buzz, with a whole week yet to be conquered. Everything is possible and everything can be achieved. We all love a new beginning, a fresh start, and an opportunity to do something great. That’s how I feel every Monday. I know for most people it’s the dreaded, go back to work, go back to school day, but for me, Monday is joyous and I spend it hyped about the week that lies ahead. Monday follows Sunday, and Sunday is a good day for me. It’s reconnect with Jesus day, go to church and leave all the troubles at the altar day. No matter what’s happened earlier in the week, on Sunday the slate gets wiped clean and I’m back to where I want to be with Jesus. Hence Monday is fab. I can still remember the message that was preached from the day before and I can still feel the Holy Spirit walking close by. Needless to say, Mondays are great.
So God is great, I’m great, and I’m ready to face what lies ahead. My outlook changes when the trials and tribulations of the week commence. I’ve stayed up too late to wake up early enough to spend time with God before I start my day. I quickly read my bible app on my travels but the scripture doesn’t hit home, and by Thursday not only have I forgotten Sunday’s message, I’ve forgotten the strength I’d set out with at the beginning of the week. By Friday I don’t want to read my bible and by Saturday I’m ready to take the day off from ‘being a Christian.’ Cycle sound familiar?
We need to have an action plan in place for when the ‘new beginning’ feeling wears off and the ‘hard work’ feeling sets in. I can literally vouch for Nehemiah 8:10 that says, ‘The joy of The Lord is your strength’. There is no other way to persevere than with joy, because seriously how long can you grit your teeth and bear the pain, and quite frankly, why should you have to? Matthew 11:30, Christ says his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Really, in essence, it’s not supposed to feel hard. ‘BUT HOW?’ I hear you say. How can it not feel hard when you’re going through trials?… The joy of The Lord is your strength, and in the presence of The Lord there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11.)
Word of advice, and only giving it because I’ve learnt the hard way: stick with it.
Trials will come and that Monday feeling will wear off. If you want to feel like a Sunday Christian (close to God and excited about his presence) even when it reaches Thursday, you’re going to have to stick with it. Read your bible. Don’t let the sun go down and you haven’t spent time with God. It’s literally the only way to get through the week. You won’t have to pray for perseverance when you’re constantly praying.
It’s the gaps in our worship and the breaks we take from dwelling in His presence that lead us astray. Don’t allow yourself to feel distant when the storm hits. Easier to not drown when you’re already sitting in the boat than when you have to swim to reach it.