“Revive us, and we will call upon your name.”

Somewhere along the way we may have been duped into believing that someday, some way, we were going to find the heart to be courageous for the Lord – after we have finished reading the Bible, after we have heard just one more good sermon, after we have acquired just one more encouraging friend.

The truth is that we didn’t get started on this journey by our ingenuity; we are not sustained by our genius, and we will not finish well because of any virtue of our own.

“Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, on the Son of Man you have made strong for yourself.”  

Jesus initiated this love walk of ours, he is the one who keeps it going, and he is the one who knows how to help us finish well.  

If there is to be revival of enthusiasm in our lives, it will be because he has seen fit to work in us a new work.  We play our parts, to be sure, but our primary responsibility is to wait quietly and faithfully for him to come in answer to our prayers.

We pray and he responds.  We ask and he gives.  We trust and he rewards us with love, joy, and peace to sustain us in our long journeys homeward.

Many will fall by the wayside on this arduous trek to the heights.  Not all that started on the journey will have the heart for the final ascent.  

Instead of a great throng crowding the gates at the finish, there will be just a few faithful pilgrims – those who took oil along with their lamps, those that invested their gifts well, those that chose obedience daily.

He wasn’t joking when he said, “In this world, you will have tribulation.”  Somewhere it is written that “Man is born for trouble, just as sparks fly upward.”

Those who expect trouble, embrace discipline, and cling tightly to Our Father’s hand will make it.  

Those who came along for the fringe benefits of health and wealth may not make it through the deserts along the way.  He said himself, “Many are called, but few are chosen.”

~ Brad Heilhecker