Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'He will keep you strong to the end.'        1 Corinthians 1:8

This has been my verse all week. The 'end' can be whatever it is you are doing right now. The end of a difficult time. A time when you know you need His help in a particular way; an unusual level of endurance or perseverance. We can remind ourselves again and again that we will be kept strong right to the very end.

It is very natural to worry or be afraid. Sometimes, despite the fact we can cope with our worries during the day, we waken in the night feeling unsure of our tomorrows. What does life hold in store for us? The endless possibilities that could go wrong. Our mind is very quick to find all the potential difficulties that lie ahead and Satan is quick to multiply all our fears and doubts too. Before we know it, problems have blown out of all proportion and we are left not knowing what to do or which way to turn.

And then we remind ourselves of God's word:

'He will keep you strong to the end.'

It suddenly doesn't matter anymore what life holds. We commit it all unto Him. His word becomes the comfort and strength of our hearts. We not only know these words at a mind level but deep in our spirits they become living warm words spoken to us by our Heavenly Father:

'I will keep you strong.' The very words bring comfort which gives us the strength we need. Strength for all our tomorrows, no matter what life throws at us! We will be able to manage; more than this, we will have the peace of God within us and about us.

'You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!' Isaiah 26:3

So, fix your mind on His thoughts and words to you and hold them fast. They will keep you close to Him and when we are close to Him we can cope with anything.