PRAYER PROMPT ••• I’m not going to write about yesterday’s school shooting.
My position hasn’t changed since the last time there was an incomprehensible shooting: we have a serious heart problem in America and we need to return to God.
Please pray though, not only for the victims but for the shooter too.
So many lives affected and for what?
It’s further proof that Satan is looking to destroy us.
Much could be said about it, but instead, let’s discuss perseverance through discouragement.
There are times when everything seems too hard.
What’s the point?
Why keep trying?
But let’s look at things from the perspective of a lighthouse.
A couple of years ago, my husband and I went to the Outer Banks for our anniversary weekend.
While we were there, we visited Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and decided to go to the top.
Several times on the way up, I was ready to pull the plug on the idea.
The stairs were tight and slippery.
I was dizzy and desperately wanted a blast of cold air from an air conditioner (it was late September… still quite warm in NC!)
This was supposed to be a fun adventure for Wayne and me, but trudging up stairs that never seemed to end wasn’t fun.
But we persevered.
And once we did, the view was worth the effort…
The wind off the ocean was better than an air conditioner.
The pay off was worth the effort.
Galatians 6:9 says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Life is hard.
We find ourselves in situations where the effort hardly seems worth it.
But we have the Holy Spirit to encourage us, even if we’re tempted to give up.
If the Holy Spirit is guiding your heart then we can trust in God’s good plan (Jeremiah 29:11).
And as Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
Fight through your obstacles.
Trust that God is in control.
Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to encourage you when you feel like giving up.
Ask Him to give you strength.
And it’s okay to ask Him to carry you when you need to rest.