Keep On Going

[By faith] Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27 NLT

It’s funny to look at chronic pain as a blessing, but in some ways it has caused things to happen in my life that otherwise may never have come to pass. Case in point - for most of my life, when things got tough, I gave up. Perseverance was not a word in my vocabulary, and as a result I often found myself lacking in direction and focus. If I couldn’t see the end result, I figured “Why bother? I don’t want to waste my time on something that might not work out.”

Then chronic pain happened; trust me, at first I tried to run, hide, do anything to make it just go away. When I couldn’t make that happen - either through my own efforts, the efforts of others, or through requests to God for healing and deliverance - I slipped into a deep, dark depression, and for years struggled with thoughts of suicide. Then in 2016 I hit rock bottom, and for the first time really saw what “losing it all” looked like. It made me realize how blessed I was despite the pain, how much I really did love my wife and kids, how good Jesus was, and how much I really did want to live.

Out of that struggle came the spiritual fruit of perseverance. It’s a gift I continue to be thankful for each and every day; it’s enabled me to laugh and smile and see the good despite the bad. My devotional for today comes from Our Daily Bread and is titled “Keep on Going.” The author takes us to the book of Exodus and the life of Moses - a man who definitely experienced disappointment and discouragement, both with Egypt’s Pharaoh and with the Israelites he was sent to deliver. Seemingly facing opposition on all sides, how did Moses not give up? Hebrews 11:27 gives us the answer - “[By faith] Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27 NLT)

When staring down the impossible Moses looked to the one person who could provide the strength he needed - God - and found the courage to press on. We are offered that same gift as well. Do you feel like giving up today? Follow the example of Moses and fix your eyes on Jesus - he’ll provide the strength and courage you need.