• Coach Shonda McCray

Resilience: The Answer Is Jesus

Okay, I am a little late this week with my journal entry but I refused to end without sending out the next step in resilience. In my last week's post, I left you with a question. I asked if you were resilient, or if you tend to crumble when faced with difficult situations. All of us are going to respond to the stresses of life in different ways, but we all need to learn to do so in healthy, god-honoring ways that do not result in our destruction. And the reality is that we can all learn to be resilient.

Today, I want us to consider why we should become resilient.

The One who went before us.

As Christians, we’ve probably all heard phrases in church like “Jesus is the author of our faith” or “Jesus made a way”. But what do those things mean?

I personally think that Hebrews 12:1-3 explains it perfectly when it says, “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” (NKJV).

That’s it right there. Jesus is the example of resiliency, but He is also the reason why we can rise above our circumstances and stand strong in the midst of them.

We as believers are quite literally Christ-followers. He has gone before us and has paved the way for us to do so as well. He is our ultimate example of enduring incredible pain and tragedy. And it is He who gives us the strength to overcome the problems we face in our lives. It is in leaning on Him and trusting in His promises that we are able to rise up and stand firm, being resilient in the face of every obstacle that comes our way.

We don’t need to cave to the pressures and hardships that come our way. We can overcome them. And by His grace, we will overcome.

I don’t say these things lightly. As a survivor of molestation and rape, I am a prime example of resilience. There were so many times when I wanted to end my life or that I found myself feeling alone in a crowded room. But GOD was there at every moment. He is the One who gave me the strength and hope that I needed to keep going and to never give up.

We can look to Jesus and His example. We can consider the Cross and the pain Jesus bore on it. We can take comfort in the knowledge that we serve a God who cares and a God who has been there. He has borne horrific pain. He has been abused and rejected. But He overcame it. And through His power and grace, we can overcome the situations we are in, too.

Jesus is the answer. He is the One to whom we can look for encouragement as we go through the messes and pains of life.

The God of compassion and mercy

Not only do we have the comfort of knowing that Jesus is the answer, the why behind our ability to become resilient, but we also know that our God is One who is full of compassion and mercy. He understands what we are going through, and He also knows what the end result of our suffering will be. He knows what the future holds. And it is He who holds our lives in His hands.

James 5:10-11 says, “My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”

We don’t need to worry about what will or will not happen. The Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of the universe holds every moment of our lives in His hands. There is no one else we can trust more than Him. And He loves us. It is not His desire to ever see us come to destruction. His plans are for our good if we trust in Him.

Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

We can rest in the knowledge that we follow a God who makes all things work together for our good. We don’t need to fear our present circumstances. We don’t need to fear the past, either, because He makes all things new. We are new creations. The things of the past no longer have bearing on our present or future. 2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

While we may struggle at times to leave our past behind, the reality is that through Christ all things are new. We no longer need to allow ourselves to be held in chains by the suffering we’ve gone through. The sins done to us are in the past. We are new, we are changed, and we are being made whole by a God who is our Redeemer, Savior, and our Healer.

I hope that you've enjoyed this week's journal entry and you will return next week. My goal is to send love and encouragement to you and your household. Wherever you are in your journey, know that you are not alone. God is with you...

Thank you for reading.

Come back next week!!

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