PSALM 27:1-14 “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (Ps. 27:13). Without faith, life is depressing. The joy that this world offers is only temporary and ultimately ends up in sorrow. Everything around us that’s new and shiny today will one day be old and dull. Every relationship will experience difficulties sooner or later, and some of them won’t survive. Life itself is a terminal condition. If all one sees is the physical world and its temporal truths, then there’s reason to give up and faint. The good news is that Christians aren’t limited to what they see. There is a spiritual kingdom that every believer is a part of. Its rewards and privileges far outweigh any hardship we’ll ever encounter. This kingdom and its King are awesome beyond description. Christ’s kingdom is infinitely greater in power and pleasures than anything in the world. Yet, it takes faith to see and experience this. Anyone who’s feeling faint from the problems this world brings is not believing that Christ’s kingdom will be on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10). Somehow, the Enemy has removed our attention from the wonderful things of God and focused it on the temporary problems of this life. But we don’t have to stay that way! Believing that God will bring you through will put joy back in your heart. The joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh. 8:10), and instead of fainting, your strength will be renewed like the eagle’s. You will run and not be weary. You’ll walk and not faint (Is. 40:30-31). See by faith today, and let your heart be encouraged!

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