“It was faith that made Moses leave Egypt without being afraid of the king’s anger. As though he saw the invisible God, he refused to turn back.”Hebrews 11:27, GNT
Do you ever feel lazy?
Sometimes we just want to lie on the couch and be entertained. We don’t feel like doing anything productive, especially if it involves dealing with another problem.
Here is the truth: You don’t want to be controlled by apathy.
Just because you don’t feel like doing something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. For example, you may not always feel like praying or reading your Bible. Does this mean you don’t need time with God? Of course not. You need time with God whether you feel like it or not. Maturity means living by your commitments, not your feelings.
In the same way, you don’t become a godly person by doing only what you feel like doing. Godly men and women choose to develop habits that produce godliness. Do you know anyone who eats well and exercises consistently? They don’t always feel like eating the right thing or working out, but they live by their commitments – and their persistence pays off.
How do you develop godly persistence? The key is to look to God for direction rather than your feelings. Moses is a great role model for godly persistence. For 40 years, he led a group of crying, squabbling, complaining people around the desert while they questioned his leadership over and over. Yet he never gave up because he kept his eyes on God.
The pursuit of godliness will require a commitment that’s stronger than your feelings.