Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart…. (Heb 12:3).
Don’t give up. You’re just getting started. Our journey’s with God last a lifetime, but the enemy wants us to get stuck in time so that we don’t keep moving forward with God. Some of us get stuck in our pain. Others of us get paralyzed by fear, worry or discouragement. Then, at other times, we get stymied by sin and are unable to move forward with God towards the future He has for us.
I have lived in all of those place in different seasons of my life. I wish I could say with full confidence that I never stray from the path God has for me, but that’s just not true. I wish I could say that I’ve never felt like giving up, but again, that’s just not true either.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us to consider Jesus, the one who persevered through great trials. The Savior who lived and died and never gave up. The King who was misunderstood, mistreated and forgotten, yet did not give into despair, discouragement or deception.
But how was Jesus able to endure as He did?
It was through His abiding in HIs father that He found the strength to keep pressing forward. Even in moments of great anguish Jesus kept pressing into HIs father.
You see the enemy was defeated in Jesus’ life, because Jesus wasn’t. I need you to hear that. Even though Jesus had every right to feel defeated, He chose a different journey. He chose to press into HIs Father although I’m sure, everything inside of Him, as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsename told Him not to. Since Jesus was so intimately close to His Father He was able to stay faithful despite His difficult circumstances.
As you and I stay close to our Father, we too will be able to persevere and not grow weary in the midst of trying and difficult circumstances.
Father, you are so good. Help me to walk by faith as I trust in your love. I want more of you. I want to be so close to you that I continue to abide and not grow weary no matter what comes my way. May this be the song of my heart, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.