My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
When I look around, all I see are things that can tempt us, whether they are alcohol, drugs, getting in arguments on social media…I could list things all day long. They can consume us; our earthly desires are so incredibly hard to ignore. They even feel good sometimes, and that temporary happiness we receive from them makes us go back to them. It’s something I fall into all the time. I know eating chicken wings several times a week is not the best move while I try to get back into good shape, yet I continue to eat them. That is just a small-scale example of how our earthly desires often cause us to take our eyes off of the prize.
The passage above talks about how our flesh and heart may fail, but God is our strength and our portion forever. That is very encouraging, friends. We serve a God who, despite our failures, will walk with us and give us strength to overcome the temptations…a God who is quick to forgive when we do mess up. God isn’t angry with us. He wants to walk beside us and give us help and peace when we need it. Let this verse be a rally cry. Declare that God is the strength of your heart.
Jesus wants to be in a relationship with you. He wants you to cry out to Him when the world and its desires are too much. I encourage you this week, as you endure the difficulties of life, to put your trust in Jesus. Declare that He is going to give you the strength to say no to the temptations, that He will give you the peace of mind, and that He forgives you and loves you, no matter how deep the sin is in your life. Where sin abounds, grace abounds more. Do NOT go back to the cross and pick up the shame you left there.