A MESSAGE FROM MY SICK BED
HIS BEATITUDE ARCHBISHOP and PRESIDING PRELATE
Rejoice in Me. your Strength, and worship while leaning on Me.
Lean on Me as you face the circumstances of this day. Whether or not you realize it, all people lean on, depend on something: physical strength, intelligence, beauty, wealth, coworkers, achievements, ministry, family, friends, and so on. All of these are gifts from Him, to be enjoyed gratefully.
However, relying on any of these things is risky, because every one of them can let you down. Even in my circumstances today I felt that everything failed me. What I hoped for didn’t turn out in my favour. Who should I blame and why? Then I realized it is more than time to lean on someone. That person is Jesus our Lord who lives and reigns with us. I realized firsthand that I cannot travel alone, I needed someone to lean on. I gathered that experience on my own
When your circumstances are challenging and you are feeling weak, you tend to obsess about how you are going to make it through the day. This wastes a lot of time and energy; it also distracts you from Him. Whenever this happens, ask Him to open your eyes so you can find Him in the moment. “See” He’s standing nearby, with His strong arms extended toward you, offering you His help. Don’t try to pretend that you have it all together or that you’re stronger than you really are. Instead, lean hard on Him, letting Him bear most of your weight and help you with your problems. We know that He never fails us and is always available to us when we call on His Name.
Rejoice in Him, your Strength, and worship while leaning on Him. Not for the moment but throughout the entire ordeal. Your help comes from the hill. Therefore, look up and see a hand reaching towards you. Reach out and hold on regardless of the circumstances. Someone wrote “Lean on me when you are not strong and I be your friend….” These are words we can consider in our difficult times.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
But I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I sing praise to You; You, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. (Psalm 59:16-17)
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. (Hebrews 11:21)
If in my situation today warrants action, I would be advising the Patriarch to changes, but God moves in mysterious ways and His wonders to perform. For He has offered Himself to us even in the lowest state to come to Him and have our burden lifted. If you are not leaning on Jesus, then check out what you are leaning on. Is it strong enough to bear you up in times of trouble? This is your time to act and let Jesus take control.
Today I am stronger because I know the God I believe in and can trust. He brought me out the miry clay and set my feet on the rock to stay, yes and a song in my mouth to sing Hallelujah what a Saviour.