“I can’t go on.”
We will inevitably have days when we feel like we can’t go on. When our personal lives are hard and we are invaded by the heavy clinging blanket of the outside world. We simply cannot escape the fact that we are in trying times.
There are times we may feel like Job…
If my misery could be weighed
and my troubles be put on the scales,
they would outweigh all the sands of the sea.
That is why I spoke impulsively.
// Job 6:2-3 NLT
Maybe David is your example, going from waiting patiently to desperation…
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
// Psalm 40:1 NLT
For troubles surround me—
too many to count!
My sins pile up so high
I can’t see my way out.
They outnumber the hairs on my head.
I have lost all courage.
// Psalm 40:12 NLT
There are times we need Jesus to speak directly to us and say…
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
// John 16:33 NLT
God did not promise us a life of ease and riches. The Bible is laden with stories and reminders of the trouble and difficulties of a life lived in this sin-filled, fallen world.
However, this is what God promised… He is here with us!
He is here to be our strength and our fortress. He even sent His own Son to live and breath and reveal more of Himself among His people. And do not forget that the Holy Spirit became our advocate once Jesus ascended to sit at the right hand of God!
God is for us, even and ESPECIALLY during the dark days of life.
God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases him.
Live a cheerful life, without complaining or division among yourselves. For then you will be seen as innocent, faultless, and pure children of God, even though you live in the midst of a brutal and perverse culture. For you will appear among them as shining lights in the universe, offering them the words of eternal life.
// Philippians 2:13-16 TPT
As we live “in the midst of a brutal and perverse culture”, we can go on by holding fast to the Word of God, the presence of God, the saving grace of Christ, and the counsel of the Holy Spirit.
“In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.”
// Written by: Stuart Townend & Keith Getty
Listen to a lovely version of “In Christ Alone” with Alison Krauss – https://open.spotify.com/track/71UKmuhPLD5Z5XXwulcoMK?si=_Vr39GPGQKCukLLypwZ2Ww