“Do not give up on me, Lord! Oh please, do not give up!”
This has been the cry of my heart.
With all of my might, I cling to the Lord and lift up this simple prayer, desperately pushing back against the forces that try to diminish my faith and steal my joy.
The enemy loves to bombard me with busyness and a thousand other distractions that persuade me to live as if everything else matters just a little more than Jesus. My eyes get fixed on a hundred worthless things, and they stray from the one thing that truly does matter: “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of [my] faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
What an exhausting and desperate place to be, but I praise God that His Holy Spirit can set a fire in my heart again and turn my eyes back to Him.
Although I may be battle-weary and nearly at the point of giving up, God’s Spirit has the power to ignite my heart afresh for Jesus and confirm in the depth of my soul that He is my everything, and I will never turn away from Him again. I may have been a slave to the prince of this world at one time, but I praise God that “Christ has liberated [me] to be free,” and I will be burdened by “a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1) no more!
How amazing is my God! He never gives up on me, even when I am ready to give up on myself. Instead, He ignites me with hope during the most desperate times of my life and proves Himself faithful when my own faith is lacking. He brings the truth of His word to life, illustrating to me that “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength…they will run and not grow weary” (Isaiah 40:31).
I may be burdened, worn down, frail, and weak, but as I fix my eyes on Jesus and meditate on His word, I can feel the breath of God bringing life back to my soul, reviving the deadened places of my heart, and restoring hope where I thought it was lost.
What glorious hope I have in Jesus Christ! There is nothing else like it in all of the world.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…Romans 12:2
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:3
You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Revelation 2:3
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29