Keep Pressing Toward the Goal

When Life Doesn’t Go as You Expect #6

This is the next to last post in my series of when life doesn’t go as you expect, and I wanted to make it on keeping things in perspective – we need to keep pressing toward the goal, no matter what happens.

When hard times come we get off track so easily. But if we can try and remind ourselves of why we’re here and what our focus should be, it can keep us going and stop us from making too many mistakes.

One of my favourite passages in the Bible is Hebrews 12:1-4, great for bringing things into perspective:

‘Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.’

Here are some things that I think can help us to press toward the goal:

Keep glorifying God as your aim – as my husband likes to say, our purpose on this earth is to know God, bring glory to God, and bear fruit in his name.  ‘Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.’ 1Co 10:31 Everything we do should be for the glory of God, and when I start worrying, if I remind myself of that it makes it all so much simpler.

Seek God for what he wants you to do – As I mentioned recently, God has a plan, so when unexpected things happen we should seek God for His guidance. His plan is always best! It is also good to remind ourselves of what God has called us to do already.

Look for the way of escape – God always provides a way of escape out of every trial and temptation so that we can stand up under it. But we need to look for it. ‘No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.’ 1Co 10:13

Jeremiah was put in prison, but he didn’t give up hope – he asked the King to let him out, and got his request granted. Maybe your way of escape is to rest more, or to give up a commitment, or to stop doing something that has come before God in your life, or even to stop fighting it and trust God.

Remember trials are temporary – they are only for a season, and God will bring us through.

Remember trials are necessary – to strengthen our faith, and to help us comfort others with what we have learnt.

Look to heaven – this is our ultimate goal, and is always my comfort. When I feel like life is a roundabout and I want to get off, I remember that one day we will be in heaven. Then there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering, no more tiredness. We will see Jesus and be with Him forever and everything will be perfect!

When I was at Creation Fest recently, Brian Brodersen spoke on trials from 1 Peter, and at the end he got Scott Cunningham to come up and sing a song he and his wife have written called, ‘Don’t Give Up’. The words are beautiful and so encouraging. They are written below the video.

Don’t Give Up
If flowers fade and seasons change
If open sky turns into grey
If hopes and dreams fade away, away…
If darkness falls without a dawn
If sorrow pains become your song
If what was right, now seems wrong, it all seems wrong…
Don’t give up, for God is on our Side
Don’t give up, running for the Prize
Don’t give up, He’ll give you strength to fight…..
There’s grace enough for you…. Don’t give up
If all your fears, they never fade
If anxious thought guides your way
If hope seems lost – in all your pain, in all your pain…
And even if the Sun and Moon won’t shine their light again on you
Its still too soon, it’s still too soon
Even when your past and shame are calling out to quit your race
Its still too soon, it’s still too soon…
Scott and Megan Cunningham
Do you have anything that has helped you keep things in perspective when difficulties came? Or have any of the things I mentioned been a help to you at some point in your life, that you could share to encourage others?

You can find the rest of the series on when life doesn’t go as you expect here:
1. Being Prepared For Trials
2. Trust that God has a Plan
3. Hold On to What You Know
4. Prayer Changes Things
5. Take Responsibility
7. 10 Ways to Support Christians in Trouble

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3 Responses

  1. Brooke says:

    “Keep pressing on” has become my heart’s cry over the last couple of years. This post spoke directly to me- thank you! I heard a quote from Churchill that says it well, “if you are going through hell… keep going.” An interesting way of saying “don’t give up.”

  2. Rhoda says:

    I love that Churchill quote! I guess if you keep going then you’ll get out eventually 🙂

  3. Anita says:

    What a brilliant idea for a series,Rhoda. Thank you!