Think of all the hostility Jesus endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. – Hebrews 12:3
Life can be tough sometimes, no doubt. About this time in the semester at college you begin to see a certain daze over students…is it that they just figured out all this really needs to be done before the end of the semester? Is it the three tests on Monday? The paper due Friday? And what about the reading…”Oh I was really suppose to buy that book?”
Though all college students can feel it and relate; though some are brave enough to see that at least some of this comes from procrastination and short-sightedness, still all this college work is not the real struggle of life. It might be fashionable to discuss this common pain on campus but I suspect the real things that we have to endure are much more significant. A friend or family member who is ill or depressed can be hard to walk with. A hidden addiction that eats away at the body, mind, and soul can leave one worn out. An abusive relationship, a barrage of “negative words,” a great disappointment; all of these can lead to exhaustion and discouragement.
The scriptures have a great deal to say about times like these. Where do we find strength? Where do we find hope? How do we endure? The scripture above from Hebrews 12:3 reminds us that at very least, during the toughest times when we just want to give up, at very least; call to mind Jesus, who endured…and did not give up.
This Jesus, is not one who lived a sheltered, upper-middle class, life in the suburbs. Jesus endured much hostility that he did not deserve. He faced it all, was nailed to a cross, all while he trusted in His Father to save. So as Christians, let’s consider Jesus…when we want to throw in the towel, when we want to give up, and when we feel like we cannot go on in the various aspects of our life and living. Let us find, like Jesus, that our help and strength in the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.