Don’t Lose Heart: Keep Moving Forward
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that
I would see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Psalm 27:13 (NKJV)
Have you ever felt like you were losing heart? Losing your overall enthusiasm for life? Your courage? Your kindheartedness?
Admittedly, I have. Specifically, when evil appears to prevail or my own world is in utter disarray for prolonged periods.
When things get bizarre in my life or even in humankind, I cling to the verse above. And I’ve been clinging to it a lot lately.
Life is messy and difficult, at times. But that’s no reason to lose hope or lose heart.
When life seems insurmountable and I’m tempted to lose heart, I meditate on the following truths:
- I am not alone.
God has promised to be with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9). I do not have to be afraid or discouraged.
- I have an anchor.
So when I feel like I’m slipping and losing my way, I can rest in a steadfast and solid anchor knowing I will not fall.
We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab
the promised hope with both hands and never let go.
It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances
right to the very presence of God…
Hebrew 6:18-19 Message Bible
- I have been here before.
The last storm didn’t destroy me; I survived. But I didn’t just simply survive, I thrived! My faith was re-energized and my strength was renewed.
For you know that when your faith is tested,
your endurance has a chance to grow.
James 1:3 NLT
After I’ve reminded myself of these things, my perspective shifts. It is then I’m able to readily detect the goodness already present in the land and within me.
Don’t lose heart. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Keep moving forward.