Whether or not the race or journey is difficult, one thing is certain, we will never travel all on our own. Our beloved Lord knows a rugged path, and He walked it faithfully. His great heart of love knew no limits, and His path took Him all the way to the cross! But forward He went knowing that the great reward in doing so for Him was to have those whom He loves to be with Him one day soon. All of the opposition He encountered along the way did not rob Him of the joy He anticipated as He saw ahead the fruit of His tremendous labour, and matchless work accomplished at Calvary.
Don’t allow yourself to grow weary or overcome at the threshold of 2024, but take courage dear soul in longing for our beloved to come and take us home to be with Himself.
Here are two things to encourage you right now: God has a special reward especially for those who are even longing in their heart for His appearing! “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4: 7-8. Also every day we wake up and He didn’t come yet is another day and opportunity to invest in eternity! What priceless opportunities these are at this late hour! “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6: 19-21.
And so, if we ‘press on’ faithfully, looking to Him to strengthen our resolve, and considering Him to refresh us when weary, we can take courage with His anticipated joy in our hearts that we will be with Him very soon. The end of the journey is just on the horizon … joy awaits!