We Are Survivors

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

To lose heart is to be dismayed by circumstances, to lose courage and morale in the face of difficulty. Sometimes runners lose heart when in their exhaustion they look at the hills ahead. Soldiers may lose heart when they see an overwhelming enemy advancing on their smaller unit. Sometimes Christians are tempted to lose heart when, after faithfully praying and serving, healing never seems to come and persecution never stops.

The Apostle Paul experienced such difficulties. With false teachers in the church on one side and zealous Jewish religious militants on the other, he admitted being hard pressed. He was perplexed as to why he had to endure so much.

Yet, Paul said, “I do not lose heart.” In spite of hardships, he remained strong because he was convinced of these important truths:

  • Things seen are temporary.
  • Heavenly joy will some day replace earthly sorrow.
  • Our bodies get weaker, our souls stronger.
  • Troubles mold us to be like Jesus.

With his eyes fixed on these truths, far from losing heart, the Apostle was always gaining.


Dear Father, keep our eyes on you so that we do not lose heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen.