I believe that there’s a beneficial type of striving and a fruitless brand of striving. When we’re striving in our own strength we fight God. We don’t have to. He’s for us, not against us. Moreover, when we strive for our peace in Him we will find it. (Romans 8:6, John 14:27)
I have to admit, I can sometimes begrudge striving, but that push is so necessary. The alternative is to go backwards. I don’t like this! I’m stubborn! When I make my mind up about something, it’s full speed ahead. But that can be a problem too. I get excited! I’m too gung-ho. I don’t always appreciate waiting for God. Being hungry for righteousness is good, but lack of patience isn’t.
I struggle to maintain the balance, but I keep striving for it. This way I’m bound to catch on eventually with God’s eye opening lessons and plenty of practice. The apostle Paul did press on towards the goal, but he also learned to be content in all circumstances. This gives me hope that it will get easier, and that goals are achievable.
Jesus has it worked out. We just have to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit who helps us in our weakness as we pursue that growing forward mindset. Jesus is King, and He will be exalted among the nations.
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”Psalm 46:10
“Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.Luke 13:24
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.Hebrews 12:14
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I love it! The difference in the colour of each grape is a great reminder that we are all at different stages of growth. But look at the beautiful picture it makes! ❤