Our journey with God requires faith – and not just faith, but courageous faith – that is willing to go, sometimes to go back, to pray big prayers, to abide in Christ and to ENDURE. Sometimes having courageous faith means holding on to Who God is and what He has promised.
Our Christian journeys are not without their detours, bumps in the road, traffic jams and dead-ends. All of us get discouraged from time to time. Sometimes our lives don’t go the way we think they should. Sometimes our reality seems too painful to bear. Sometimes God seems silent or far away, but in those times, we are called to have a faith that endures.
The author of Hebrews reminds us:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2
There is a lot that distracts us or holds us back. There is a lot that causes discouragement and pain, but don’t allow it to hold you. Have the faith to endure and to run with perseverance the race marked out for you, fixing your eyes on Jesus.
Paul is a good example of someone who had the faith to endure. He sang in prison cells and calmly prayed through shipwrecks. He endured beatings and imprisonment, he fled for his life on numerous occasions and yet, he persevered, with a deep conviction that his comfort was less important than the work of the Gospel of Christ.
What are the things that are causing discouragement and disillusionment for you? Will you have the faith to bring them to God, to deal with them and to courageously persevere with the work God has given you?
Have the courageous faith to hold on, knowing that He who called you is faithful.