Commentary By: Gordon King
It’s been 7 years since I started this blog, 7 years ago in October of 2012, and I remember it like it was yesterday!
It brings back memories of some very difficult times in my life, times which I wish never would have happened. But it also brings back some times that are very dear and special to me, times when I became very close to God, in fact, closer than I ever have been before in my lifetime!
It’s been a journey, and along the way I have met some very special people, brothers and sisters in Christ who have encouraged me along the way. It’s been a time of spiritual growth, and a time of many trials and tribulations along the way.
It’s also been a time of defending who I am and my position in Christ, times that I cherish because they have led me in further growth as a believer and in my relationship with the Lord.
I cannot say that it’s been easy, nor can I say that it’s been a delight all along the way, on the contrary my friends, on the contrary! It’s been a rough road with many ups and downs. Many battles have been fought through many trying times, and it’s not over! With that being said, I have also experienced many times of joy, love, and encouragement, and these are the times that have seen me through and given me the strength to continue on.
All of us go through trials in life, none of us are exempt from tribulations, and as believers we can go through even more! I don’t know about you but I have and continue to go through trial after trial, it seems that they are never ending, when one goes away another pops up in it’s place, and many happen at the same time, they are unrelenting.
At times I may not be posting as much as at other times, and that very well may be because I am in the middle of an intense trial in my life. But I will continue to forge ahead, to persevere to the end, with the good Lord by my side. Amen.
I cannot say that I am going through the same trials that the apostle Paul went through nor am I comparing myself to him, and I’m certain that mine are much, much tamer than what he experienced. However they are still trials and tribulations, and I can understand how he felt when he said:
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.“
For me departing this world to be with Christ is much more desired than to remain here on earth. After so many years of trials and tribulations a person can become weary and fatigued, this is where I’m at now in my life.
But I know that we are all appointed a time to die, and it’s not up to me but my Father in heaven as to when he is ready to take me home! I don’t mean to be pessimistic and a downer, only honest and speaking the truth.
I know that God is with me at all times, I know that He has my back, and I know that one day soon I will be with Him in heaven. I know these things, but at the same time I am tired of this world and the things of the world and I am ready for heaven up above! Awaiting my blessed hope!!!
Thank you all who have encouraged me and been a blessing to me! May the good Lord bless you always!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!