The Joy Set Before Me

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…

 

It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem. – Luke 9:51

There were many great and painful steps that Jesus needed to take before He could reach this blessed hour and be received into glory. The immediate future was full of struggle, loss, and pain. Jesus was able to see the splendor of heaven with its opening gates and its welcome home, but before His feet could enter Heaven He needed to pass through a large battlefield full of enemies. There were days of toil and nights of loneliness. Finally He would pass through Gethsemane’s gloom, and all that led to Calvary. He must die and go into the grave. All this before He could be received up.

However, He did not think of any of these painful steps. He did not let His eye rest on the shadows that lay in the valley, but lifted it up to the mountain-top beyond, where the splendors of heaven blazed. Keeping His thoughts on His heavenly home that waited when He had ended the journey, He forgot the toils and the tears and didn’t lose hope.

This is a wonderful secret which all of us ought to learn. We should not to think so much about the toil and hardness of our journey, but to look beyond to the “light at the end of the tunnel”. Many of us go through life worrying and keep our eyes looking gloomily down on the path we are treading. We see all the troubles, difficulties and discouragement, but we never raise our eyes to see the joy, hope and blessings that wait for us. We ought to learn this life-secret which made Christ forget the shame and sorrow of His cross and see only the glory beyond. Learn to look up toward heaven.

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