There are times when we are convinced that we must have made a wrong turn somewhere. We still have the conviction that God is leading in a certain direction, and we are doing our best to follow. The problem is that things have become so difficult that we are sure that we must have missed something along the way.
This happens both at individual and group levels. People lose heart and lean towards throwing in the towel because things just aren't going as they had envisioned. This road was supposed to be smoother, the path straighter. We are sure of it. We find ourselves tired and hurt. At moments like this, it is hard not to look back and ask ourselves, "What went wrong?". Surely, if we can just sort out the answer to this question, things will get better. We just have to find where we have strayed, because the path can't be this hard.
2 Corinthians 11:23-33
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as one beside himself) I more; in labors more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day have I been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of rivers, in perils of robbers, in perils from my countrymen, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in labor and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Besides those things that are without, there is that which presseth upon me daily, anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is caused to stumble, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things that concern my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for evermore knoweth that I lie not. In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to take me: and through a window was I let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands.
As ambassadors of Christ, we find ourselves in a strange land. It is a land who's forces have come against us in full measure. We can rest assured that when we are in His will, nothing can stand against us. This means that we will be victorious. His will is going to be accomplished. The enemy will do anything and everything to stop us, but he will fail. The only recourse that remains is to convince us to quit. When the enemy turns on you, it is an attempt to steal the victory that can never be taken otherwise.
I urge you to remember this:
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Remain steadfast and cover yourself in prayer. Pray that those involved in all aspects of your ministry stay the course. Don't give up your victory. God certainly won't. He sees us through in all things. Keep faith.