“And we desire each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:11-12
The High Road
I’ve been on this road before. It’s the way of heartbreak, disappointment, and betrayal. In a moment, dreams of the future are shattered. The sharp-edged pieces of a cruel reality cut with every move and there seems to be no place of peace or understanding. The mind races. Why? How could it come to this? There seems to be no answers, for it is beyond my control or power to do anything to change the decisions and actions of others.
But because I have walked this road before, I know what I must do. I cannot allow my flesh to rise up in anger or retaliation. I must refuse to believe the lie that this is the final outcome and I am helpless. I will not be bitter or resentful. Instead I will trust in God and pray all the more. I will put this back in His hands and let go of fears. One way or another He will work everything out for good.
“Be kindly affectionate to one another in brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another, not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer, distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality” (Romans 12:10-11).
I will hold fast to affection and honor. I will keep on believing and trusting. I will continue to serve the Lord—and not myself or my emotions. I will pray to the God who redeems. I will be generous and make a place for love and grace in my home, at my table, and in my heart. This is the road I will now take. It is the road taken by those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
I will give all concerned the time they need and not rush to judgment. I will keep on loving, praying, waiting on the Lord, and hoping for the better things of God for as long as it takes. I will not give up. This heart will never surrender to the enemy’s schemes.
Like David, I speak to my soul. “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance” (Psalm 42:5).
“In all these things You are more than enough for me. You do not change. You have not moved. You are not shaken. You see what I cannot see in these hearts I hold dear. You are my hope and all my glory. You are God alone and You are able to do even the impossible. My faith in You runs deep and sure. Here I make my stand. Amen.”