I know this might shock some of you, but the truth is there are times when I don’t feel like being nice to everyone or even doing the right thing. I want to just want to sit in my recliner and watch TV. However, just because I don’t feel like it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do it.
And I’ll admit that there are times when I don’t feel like taking the time to pray or read my Bible. But I’ve found that if the only time I pray or read my Bible is when I feel like it, the Devil is going to make sure that I never feel like it. If I want to continue to grow in my faith, I need to live my life by my commitments and not by my feelings.
The Olympics are this month. And you don’t become an Olympic Athlete just by feeling like it. You become an Olympic Athlete by training for hours and hours that you didn’t probably feel like doing. You don’t become a master musician without hours and hours of practice that you probably didn’t feel like doing all the time.
In the same way, you don’t become a godly man or woman simply by doing what you feel like doing. Godly men and women choose to develop the habits that produce godliness in their lives. How do you develop those habits; that kind of persistence?
The key is to not focus on your problems or circumstances, but on the Lord. One of the best examples in the Bible of this kind of persistence is Moses. For 40 years, he led a group of crying, squabbling, complaining babies around the desert while they questioned his leadership every step of the way. Yet he never gave up.
The writer of Hebrews says, “It was by faith that 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) Moses “kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.” He kept his eyes on the Lord.
The next time you face a problem, keep your eyes on God. If you focus is on your problem, you’re going to get beaten down and tempted to give up. If you focus on God, you’re going to find the strength you need to get through that situation. And your faith will grow in the process.
Peace and Blessing,