"Stress and Troubles ...."
In our Sunday services we are currently working our way through the letter to the Ephesians, so a few thoughts taken from chapters 1-3. Our troubles can cause us to lose the larger picture about life, pressures can cause doubt about our significance, it’s easy to assume that difficulties such as conflict, loneliness, insecurity, fear and sickness will be become a permanent state of affairs.
The Ephesian believers lived with a lot of pressure. Their faith was born amidst riots, conflict and change (Acts 19:23-40) Later, when Paul wrote this letter he encourages them to develop and maintain God’s perspective on their lives and faith. Looking back he showed what God had done for them before they were even born (Eph 1:3-8) Looking forward he listed the future benefits that their faith would bring (Eph 1: 9-14) In the meantime he prayed that they would be aware of and comprehend these realities, and experience God’s power (Eph 1: 15-23) He also prayed that their identity would be rooted in eternal truths and in God’s present power in them (Eph 3: 14-21)
Have doubts and stresses caused you to lose perspective? Ephesians suggests that you relax and join Paul in prayer. Take a look at the big picture of God’s work on your behalf. It began long before you arrived and long before any first steps of faith. It will continue long after you pass from this life. Seeing things in this way can lend perspective to the harsh realities that may feature in your life right now.
With every blessing,