My Musings in the Morning
('musing' = a period of reflection or thought)
"My heart was hot within me, while I was musing, the fire burned: then I spoke with my tongue:" (Psalm 39:3)
#1: The Way of the Cross
The way of the cross provides the way to victory and glory - not defeat and humiliation. Even though I may appear to lose my battle today, when I keep my eye on the prize ahead I should see the ultimate victory ahead in the horizon. Even though my path is treacherous and discouraging, I will ultimately reach my destination as I continue to keep my eyes upon Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Apostle Peter exhorts me that instead of being surprised by the painful setbacks and suffering, I should instead rejoice that I am participating in sufferings with Christ (1 Peter 4:12-13). God will work through my pain to bring Him glory at the end!
So, my friend, remember that there is no 'prize' without the 'pain', there is no 'crown' without the 'cross', and there is no 'exaltation' before 'exhaustion' (Philippians 2:5-11).
Be blessed as you faithfully follow the way of your master today!