I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to give up when life got hard. I wish I could tell you that each time life throws me a curveball I adjust with great ease and am poised and ready. However, there are many times when I fight the battle in my mind to give up, stop fighting and retreat to places of resentment, anger and bitterness.
Maybe things aren’t going well with my health, a friendship, my marriage or my job. The thoughts come flooding in, you know them: “give up, it’s too hard, it’s their fault, you deserve better, these people don’t appreciate you, you’ll never get better.” That place is so defeating, but sometimes, I go there, because I am weary of the journey. My faith grows weak and I start to lag behind.
“When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and cut off all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.”- Deut 25:18
The Amalekites came and attacked Israel. They were their enemies and they took advantage of a nation that was worn out and weary.
We too have an enemy who seeks to pounce on us when we are weak and weary. Yet, the Lord reminds us,
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.- Isaiah 40:30-31
Whenever we take our eyes off of hope, we have opened a door for the enemy to come in and seek our destruction. It’s only when we place ourselves back on the front lines with God that we find victory. We cannot lag behind, because when we do, we’ll find ourselves vulnerable to enemy attack, off by ourselves away from the support of a loving Christian community to stand with us in life’s darkest of times.
Keep your eyes fixed upon grace and when you do grow weary, gather friends around you to help you stay alert and on the front lines, in Jesus name.