There is no one who calls themselves a “Christian” or follower of Jesus that does not face times when even prayer is difficult. There are many missionaries who face discouragement; when ministers of the gospel think their work is fruitless or the opposition becomes so intense that they felt driven to the point of giving up. Even when we have gone through a period of success and fruitfulness, the enemy will often attack us personally from nowhere and we succumb to thoughts of ending our work. I have!
John Hyde recounts how young missionaries came to India to evangelize in some way and struggled with either their circumstances or faced obstacles that seemed too great. One young missionary slept in a room with a “picture of a stony hill with a little green grass here and there. On the top of the hill is a tree; most of the branches on one side have been entirely swept away by the wind, and only a few scraggly limbs remain on the other side. On this picture is printed, “Endure when there is every external reason not to endure.” Then it has the quote from Hebrews 11:27 about Moses; “He endured as seeing Him who is invisible.”
What makes the difference between giving up and enduring is not what we see with human eyes, but what we see by the eye of faith. Nothing can give us this vision except a close walk with the Lord. Before you turn from this blog to the things in your day, consider Paul’s words; “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are” (1 Corinthians 1:28). Use your eyes of faith and see God’s purpose and power. Keep going.
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