When life is too hard

Each of us have our own hardships and suffering which at times feel more than we are able to bear. We long for an escape from the weight, or the pain, or the pressure…whatever form it takes but know that there is no escape. Another new day dawns and we reluctantly face it forcing our tired body out of bed.

We breath little prayers, just a whisper of a prayer….we may instead want to shout our dislike of all things…we don’t..we just stay silent. We have come this far only by faith. We realise that our words are more than powerful, they shape our very being.

Sooner or later we will have to begin again to take up Jesus and speak Him into all of our existence and all of our doing. Jesus is God’s Word made flesh…Jesus is God’s word made flesh in you! Will we speak Jesus today? It’s always our choice.

Today like so many other days I am physically exhausted and feel defeated. My feet ache, my chest hurts, my hips are stiff and my hands cannot clench a fist without pain. At my age I am still working among men 20 years of age in “a man’s job”. We load and unload semi trailer trucks for 10-12 hours 12 days in a row and have 2 days off.

I had a heart operation back in June to repair a leaking mitral valve. Part of me hoped I would die instead of coming back to hard manual work. Have you ever felt that way?

Believing in Jesus as I do and maybe you do too, what do we do? Can a far away Jesus help us in time of need. My sore feet don’t go away, neither do any of my other aches and pains. My low wages do not increase. My heart still feels sore but I must keep working to pay the bills. No rest for the wicked they say.

Israel were burdened for years and years slaving under the hand of the Pharoahs building their cities. They were driven to despair even to the point of crying out to God for deliverance. I can totally relate to that.

God sent a Man to deliver them from under the hand of their cruel master. Now we know that Moses was a type of Christ. But not fully.

Moses was outside of them. Jesus is inside of us.

God has sent His Word to deliver us. We believe it is so.

Inside of us lives the Deliverer of Israel. He dwells in our hearts through faith.

So in my weakness this morning all I can utter is:

Jesus – you dwell in my heart.

Jesus you fill me full with Yourself.

Jesus My flesh is now become your flesh.

Jesus your life is my life and I live because you live.

Whatever I am feeling right now, you are also feeling and together we are able.

You always lead me to triumph for I am in you and you are in me.

You are sustaining me and upholding me by the power of your word.

Jesus you are the word I speak.

Jesus you are the breath I breath.

Jesus you are the one living as me.

Jesus you are the I in me.

Meditate upon John 14:

Joh 14:15  “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 
Joh 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 
Joh 14:17  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 
Joh 14:18  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 
Joh 14:19  “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 
Joh 14:20  At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 

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