When I have struggled with soul-weariness, my tendency has been to bear down and keep going, while I wait for the Lord to renew my strength. Perhaps, when things aren’t “working,” I’m just too stubborn to quit trying.
A couple of weeks ago, the Lord exhorted me through Haggai 2:4 — “Be strong. Get to work. I am with you. Don’t be afraid.”
This morning, it’s Hebrews 12:11-13 – “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening — it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong.” (NLT)
This discipline you’re experiencing isn’t punishment; it’s preparation. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT)
Life’s marathon trains you for eternity. Don’t quit when you hit Mile 20. Something far better than a medal is waiting for you at the finish line.