Undaunted, Because of The One Thing

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John 16:33– I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

I looked up the word “undaunted”, and found synonyms like “brave, bold, steadfast, unafraid, undeterred, undiscouraged, unflinching, valiant”.  I want to “be of good cheer”, I want to be “undaunted”, but honestly I feel more as if I am drowning. 

 

I’m noticing again this familiar feeling of being OVERWHELMED WITH LIFE… with all the responsibilities and projects that I have yet to finish (or even start).  I hate to admit at this point in my life I still need to be reminded that when I feel overwhelmed, it is usually because I have allowed myself to stray from my Shepherd.  It happens when I take my eyes off of Him and put them on the world around me, both the great parts (like this incredible season of mushing) and the annoying details that seem to grow bigger each day.  I am humbled when I realize I have once again allowed myself to wander.  Someday I will paint a picture of Mary sitting on the floor at Jesus’ feet as my reminder to make sure I have spent time there today.  I know if I skip this privilege, this necessity, I am asking for discouragement and anxiety to take me where I do not want to go.  Coming humbly to my Lord, spending TIME with Him in His Word, focusing on His perfect provisions for all my needs and His Sovereignty to guide me through all my distractions and trials is what I need every single day, and yet, I am stubborn and act as if I can handle today with the manna crumbs from yesterday!    Only fellowship with Christ TODAY elevates me to the best place possible in this world… the place of PEACE, no matter what is going on around me. 

 

The verse that describes the scene I mentioned with Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to His all-important Words, is found in Luke 10, and reminds us beautifully that there truly is only ONE THING NEEDFUL TODAY.

Luke 10: 38-42 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

I hope this section of Scripture blesses you as it continues to me.  Even when responsibilities and chores and work and sleep are calling and pulling me in different directions and I don’t think I’ll every finish all that I have to do, there is ONLY ONE THING that I need to do today, focus on my Lord.  

 

Martin Luther once wrote, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”   The point behind this truth is NOT that spending a lot of time praying will somehow impress God and He will then reward me with a good day!  It has NOTHING to do with any sort of “if, then” relationship (if I pray, things will go smoothly today and I will get everything done that I need to).  In fact, it teaches me that once the proper foundation has been laid today, I will (super) naturally evaluate my day with greater wisdom (what’s really important?), greater peace (even when things may look to be falling apart or piling up), and greater joy (as I remember my one goal in life is to Know God and be close to His Love).  When I set my attitude up according to His Truths, even the very worst day is still one lived in PEACE, and the very best day is only enjoyed because I am in Christ.

 

I may not finish the work I need to do today and I may not get to the fun things I want to do, but I will not sink while clinging to my Lifesaver, and I will be at peace while continuing to seek after Him, my “One Thing Needful”.   

Ecclesiastes 2:11– Then I looked on all that my hands had done and the labor I had spent in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it, and there was no profit under the sun.

John 6:27 Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes [in the using], but strive and work and produce rather for the [lasting] food which endures [continually] unto life eternal; the Son of Man will give (furnish) you that, for God the Father has authorized and certified Him and put His seal of endorsement upon Him.

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