Handling Adversity ~ DAY 36

The author wants to see something in the lives of those receiving these words.  It is a demonstration or display of “eagerness.”  Other translations of this word are “diligence,” or “earnestness.”  It was used by the Greeks and Romans to describe extraordinary commitment or optimum devotion to something or someone.  This kind of zeal and interest must begin as an attitude before being manifested in action.

Just as the author’s passion was stirred in writing this letter, there is a passion the author wants to see stirred in the hearts of those who read these words.  Yet we know that when we go through times of adversity or hardship, we are more quickly drained.  We don’t have the energy or feel like putting forth extra effort to get something done.  This is why it is so imperative to live our lives with margin built in and for us to be building up reserves within when times of difficulty enter our lives.  Living an up and down roller coaster Christian life doesn’t provide the consistency that one needs to acquire and build up spiritual reserves.  Remember it is the cumulative effect of walking with Christ daily over the long haul that gives us the spiritual strength and stamina necessary to face the trials of life.

This “eagerness” also reminds us to give the Lord and our relationship with Him the first fruits of our life.  If we are depleted or we are finding ourselves weary by the end of a day, that we consider spending time with God as soon or as quickly as we can in our day.  We may even find that by starting our day with the Lord, that we are given renewed strength and energy by being in His presence.  “He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, He gives renewed energy.  Even youths get tired and weary, even strong young men clumsily stumble.  But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength, they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary they walk without getting tired” (Isaiah 40:29-31).  The one thing in our lives we must maintain eagerly is our relationship, our connection to our Lord Jesus.  Apart from Him, life will be extremely more difficult.  And when we’re going through the trials of life which themselves are difficult, we don’t need to make them harder by neglecting our time with God.

If you have any strength at all, use it to draw near to God.  If you have no strength left, ask God to give you strength.  God has always brought things into existence out of nothing.  He created the whole universe out of nothing.  He brought the nation of Israel into existence without anyone or anything to start with.  God called a pagan worshiper named Abraham and said, “I’m going to make a nation out of you!”  If God can do these things and so much more, then He can provide us with the strength and energy we need to enter His presence.  Once we’re there, we’ll have all the strength and energy we’ll need to accomplish what He has for us each and every day.  Stay eager, my friends!