Being a Christ follower is not for the faint of heart! As we seek to follow the Lord and exercise His will for our lives, it’s sometimes inevitable that we fall into “compassion fatigue”.
That’s right – I said it. We Christians get tired sometimes. Or at least I do.
That’s why I appreciate this verse from 2 Thessalonians 3:
Even (especially!) in biblical times, Christians were having a rough go of it. Seriously – if you want to experience some upheaval in your personal life, commit your mind to following the direction of the Holy Spirit fully. You’ll have peace in the knowledge that what you’re doing is right, but you will also likely experience some discord that can prove to be quite disconcerting.
I don’t mean to be alarmist or anything, but even Jesus made a point of letting His followers know that life in this sin-broken world can be hard. However, even in the midst of turbulent circumstances, we can still have hope:
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV)
So if life is difficult for you now, keep pushing forward and trusting God. Continue to doggedly pursue His will, even when it is challenging. After all, at the end of the day, we have already secured the victory through Christ (full disclosure here: I read the end of the story, and the Good Guy wins!) 😉
Dear Lord, You know that this Christian life can be very hard sometimes. By the power of your Holy Spirit, I invite You to fill me with Your strength and power so that I can persevere through the hard times. Help me to not grow weary while doing good.
Thank You in advance for hearing my prayer, and for promising to give me Your peace and comfort – regardless of the circumstances. In Your name I pray, Amen.