Hebrews 12:1-2 is a word for those of us who find ourselves in a struggle day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. God would have us to know that we should not be struggling just to be struggling. We should no longer go into each day with the mindset this is another day of struggle, stress, and strife. As children of God we should be able to find some joy, some peace, some happiness in the midst of any given situation or circumstance. As children of God we should not be constantly flailing around in the winds of worry or caught up in the sinking sands of sorrow.
This is not the life of those who lean not to their own understanding but trust in God with their whole heart. The life to which we have been called is not one without challenges, but it is one where regardless of what might come our way the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Jesus tells us in John 16:32-33, “In me ye might have peace. In the world, ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” It is for this reason that we are able to press on. Not just for the sake of pressing on, but we press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Some reports offer various names about who the writer of our text is. Among the names is the apostle Paul: the tentmaker from Tarsus; that trailblazing theologian; the apostle called by Christ Jesus; Paul, the apostle we all can relate to; the one who often times found himself perplexed on every side yet did not give up; the one who counted it all joy when he found himself in various trials and tribulations. I’m talking about the same Paul who reminds us that all things work together for the good of them that love God and are the called according to his purpose. Paul had to press on with precision and with purpose. Otherwise the challenges in his life would have caused him just to acquiesce to the assaults that life assailed against him.
The text helps us understand three things that we need to do in order to press on with precision and purpose. We need to hold on to God, hold on to the goal, and hold on to the Holy Ghost. When we replay the seemingly catastrophic climb up Calvary’s hill, we remember the crown of thorns on his head. We remember the cross that was on his shoulder. We remember the jeers of the crowd. Then when he got to the top, there we see them driving the nails in his hands and feet. As he hung between two thieves, t
hey gambled for his clothes beneath. There his mother watched helplessly. Yet Jesus had the strength, Jesus had the divine desire to say Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
While we’re pressing on with precision and purpose, what people do to us is inconsequential. People are not our focus and this life is not our goal, but a life of Godliness.
So we run this race with patience,
We fight the good fight of faith.
With precision we stay the course.
With purpose we turn our eyes toward Jesus.
The psalmist put it best in, Psalm 121, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved, he that keepeth thee will not slumber.”
When the race gets you down, press on.
When your hopes are handcuffed and your dreams are deferred, press on.
When the headwinds of life slow you down, press on.
When life is filled with delay, disruption, and disappointmen
t, press on.
Press past the mess and stroll through the stress.
Daily Devotional: Pressing on With Precision And Purpose was originally published on praisecleveland.com