He is lost in his thoughts. The wind blows against his helmet. It has rained all night, and the asphalt is wet.
Four friends are riding their motor scooters together. They are behind a car that keeps braking because of speed bumps. He is wearing a thin jacket and huddles down in it to try to keep warm. His mates get sick of waiting and pass the car in front of them. He realizes it a bit late. He is near the side of the road. The car slows down for another speed bump. He is suddenly very close, right at the bumper. He swerves wide to the right, waiting for the car to speed up. It doesn’t, and instead turns right. The scooter hits the door and front fender before it falls over and skids uncontrollably to the other side of the road. The woman behind the wheel heaves a sigh of relief when he gets up. Her mother’s car—his friend’s scooter.
Finally he comes home. He goes up to his room, and lies down on his bed to think. Why me? It was so pointless. So unrighteous. Why?
Have you ever thought about your exceptional ability to sink right down in your own problems? Have you thought about Jesus’ example?
Have you thought about Jesus’ example?
He bore immense reproach and shame when He died for your sins and for mine—He who had never, ever given in to His sinful tendencies. What flowed out of Him in return? Forgiveness. A prayer that His Father in heaven would not charge His murderers with their sin. Where did He find such tremendous power? In the joy that was set before Him. (Hebrews 12:2)
Then the question is: What do I set my sights on? Can I see beyond the temptations and misfortunes of the “evil day”? Do I have hope that I will one day reign with Him? Then I need to endure. (2 Timothy 2:12) Moses refused to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, choosing instead to suffer with the people of God. Why? Because he looked to the reward. (Hebrews 11:26) All the heroes of faith in the old covenant died without receiving the promises that have been given to us, but they saw them afar off, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16)
May our treasures be in heavenly places, and our vision fixed up there. Then we will get power to have victory and live a life which is worthy of their company.