2 Chronicles 15:7
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.
They say it takes three weeks to form a new habit. After twenty-one days of repeating the same action, it becomes a habit. Unfortunately, most people ditch their resolutions, diets, and budgets within the first seven days. Maybe you began reading your Bible and our devotions and started strong the first few days, and then life got busy, and you forgot about it. You are just now picking it up again. Let me encourage you to keep going. There is a reward for those who learn to walk daily with the Lord. Don’t give up yet.
King Asa in 2 Chronicles had a daunting task before him. The kingdom of Israel had split after Solomon and the people had fallen into idol worship. There were some corrupt kings before him so he was faced with the job of reforming Israel. Here he is encouraged by the prophet Azariah to stay strong and keep going.
Don’t Give Up
Sometimes when the change in our life seems insurmountable, we just want to give up. It is at that moment we need to stay strong and keep going. No change happens without struggle and difficulty. If it didn’t, everyone would make changes. Growth happens in the struggle. We learn a lot about ourselves in the midst of difficulty. It shows us where we need to get better. Keep going; you won’t regret it.
The great thing about our faith is that we don’t have to do it alone. God gives us two great resources to help us along the path. The first resource is the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us in the Gospel of John that he is going to send a helper who will instruct us in the way of the Lord. We need to lean on Him in our daily walk. The second resource that we are given is the church. God has gathered His people together to act as a spiritual family. We are there to support and encourage one another. Lean on both of these as you continue on your journey towards a fresh start.
Don’t give up now! You have gotten this far. Put in the daily work and you will reap a great reward; a renewed relationship with Jesus. Ask him to strengthen you as you continue on this journey.