The first words of my morning devotion the other day were:
“Have you ever been tempted to just give up on life? Have you ever been so tired, or so discouraged, or so worried, or so confused, that you simply wanted to run away and hide from everybody and everything?”
Eerily prophetic. And yeah, that particular day turned out to be one of the worst days of my life.
I wonder how many days of their lives (not the soap opera) the disciples woke up and felt like they were ready to give up on life. I wonder if they were ever so discouraged that they wanted to run away……or so confused by what was happening in their lives that they wanted to hide from everybody. I would have to say I bet it happened often. Its human nature and I can identify.
But THANKFULLY, we – as Christians – have an ace in the hole. We have the element of FAITH to fall back on when we get discouraged or worried or confused.
“I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7
We have FAITH that God is in control. We have FAITH that what God has promised will come true. We have FAITH that if we will just trust God and follow His plan we will get to see the New Jerusalem – with those awesome trees – promised in the book of Revelation.
Honestly, I didn’t want to write a blog this week. I feel like a hypocrite lately when I write about faith and hope. From experience I can tell you it’s hard to “keep the faith” when life starts to smack you around and all hope seems lost. This world can be brutal – but I try so hard to hold tight to this one simple truth – I CAN endure EVERYTHING because my God is stronger than ANYTHING I have to face in this life.
“For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will,
you may receive what was promised.” Hebrews 10:36