Daily Delight

Friday, April 22, 2016

Jesus, prompt me to choose the Father’s source of joy when I become weary. Have you ever felt so emotionally and physically drained that it depletes your spiritual life as well? So much so that you become unsure as to how much more you can endure? It can be difficult to feel encouraged and hopeful in this broken world. It is all too easy to experience periods of sadness where we are overwhelmed and disheartened, and we lose sight of the ultimate distributor of love and joy in our lives—Jesus.

This is exactly how the Jewish believers who received the book of Hebrews were feeling. They wanted to give up their faith, because they had grown weary, weak, and were being tempted to fall into the order of the world. The writer of Hebrews compares our spiritual lives to a race and how we must keep moving when it becomes difficult. This race is not a sprint but a marathon where we may experience great pain and hardship, but the reward is ultimate.

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. –Hebrews 12:3 (NIV)

We must not quit the race, and we must not attempt to finish on our own. Relying on God to ready us, strengthen us, and equip us is vital. Each one of us has our own race set before us that has been perfectly and beautifully designed by God. We must remind ourselves of the pain and suffering Jesus endured for us. Taking into consideration all that Jesus endured on our behalf during his walk here on earth will provide a beautiful comfort that he knows how sad and painful the world can be. Instead of distancing ourselves from him during times of brokenness, let us draw near in order to be filled with His goodness and joy. It is my prayer that as daughters of Christ, we will always draw our strength from Him.


About the Author

Hope Boyd≫ ≫This 19-year-old gal receives the honor of calling Clarksville, TN, home. Hope Lauren is in her sophomore year at Austin Peay State University and works part-time for a local coffee shop inside of a beautiful antique marketplace in her hometown. When she is not knee deep in the Word of God, Hope can be found grabbing coffee within a 100-mile radius (she loves to coffee shop hop) or on any trail--as she frequently takes hiking trips to the mountains in the eastern part of her beloved state. Hope will only be calling the United States home for three more months; she will be moving to Ethiopia to serve as a field director for a non-profit that advocates child sponsorship and cares for the orphans in Africa. She is thrilled to be spending her last few months in the States with the Daughter of Delight ministry and can hardly wait to see what the Lord has in store for everyone this season. Follow her adventures via pictures on Instagram: @ho__bo__


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