Q. I’m a believer and I love the Lord, but lately I’ve been feeling very, very discouraged. I’m so anxiously awaiting Christ’s return for His bride and I know in my heart He’ll be here soon, but I’m growing more and more weary by the weight of this world, the weight of my flesh. Am I the only one feeling these things? It seems as if Satan is gearing up for His “big debut” as the end draws near, and even the faithful are feeling faint of heart. I know I must gather my strength from prayer and God’s Word, but is there anyone else feeling these things? What encouragement do you have regarding what we should be doing as we so eagerly await the coming of our King?
A. Many believers share your feelings. It’s natural to feel weaker as the end approaches. As the old saying goes, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” And Jesus said, “I know you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and not denied my name. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one will take your crown” (Rev. 3:8,11) Prayer and study are the exercises that strengthen faith. Focus on those and the Lord will direct you from there. And remember, He promised a crown to those who long for His appearing (2 Tim. 4:8). Hold on.