By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
God wants you to be the kind of person who, in the midst of a difficult struggle or tragic loss, never gives up, never loses hope, and always trusts that his love will work it out in the end.
Right now, your life may not look the way you think it should look, but I believe that in the end you will say, “I have been living God’s best the whole time. There’s no doubt in my mind that God treasured me, valued me. Because I followed him and hoped in him, by no means did I miss out on the calling of my life.”
In the words of my grandfather, “Don’t throw away tomorrow,” Don’t give up. Don’t check out. Don’t fall into despair, but trust that, even now, in the hardest times, that the love of God endures for you. You may be much closer than you think. Don’t quit and don’t give up, but lean on God and his enduring love.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I don’t want to lose hope. Even though I struggle, I believe in you. I lean on you. I won’t give up. Your enduring love is the fuel for a hope-filled life. Amen.
Reflection: How do you find the hope to carry on and thrive when you are weary?