Matthew 17:22-23 One day while they were still in Galilee, Jesus told them, “I am going to be betrayed into the power of those who will kill me, and on the third day afterwards I will be brought back to life again.” And the disciples’ hearts were filled with sorrow and dread.

Jesus had just relayed some bad news to his disciples, to the effect that all He was doing would come to an end very soon. While they were distressed about this and trying to wrap their heads around it, the tribute collectors showed up.

You would expect a bit of breathing room seeing as they were still dealing with some bad news, but the tax was required of them there and then. You are going to read a very unpalatable paragraph, but bear it:

Do you think that the waves of life care about the fact that you’re in distress? Or are you living on the assumption that the vicissitudes of life are really so interested in you that they will give you time to recover? That is real fallacy. It seems the ideal situation, but beloved, it is a luxury you do not have.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. (2 Cor4:8-9).

Don’t stay down, dust yourself off and literally get going again because the next wave will come not caring whether you’re lying down or standing up. Therefore, give yourself  better leverage by rising back to your feet.


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