I thought of this article while I was in Riverside hospital for five days. I was suffering from a bad case of asthma, and it was hard for me to breathe. I have had asthma since I was very young. I hate asthma. As I become older it becomes worse. Now I am older I have more physical problems. While in the hospital I felt like giving up. I thought I would stop traveling and preaching. I would stop meetings. They gave me IV shot in my arm, and it helped me breathe better. Now I am home, and as I look out my window, I see a beautiful day and the blue sky. I start to feel better. I read in my Bible, Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” I read and decide I will not faint which means to stop, quit, or give up. God promises if I will not faint I will reap. So I want to please God, and I promise I will not faint. Also, 1 Corinthians 4:16 says, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” Wow! My physical (outward) man is becoming older and weaker, but my spiritual (inward) man is becoming stronger and stronger each day. The Lord has renewed my inward man, and I feel stronger each day. The Lord has renewed me, and I promise I will not faint.
Do you feel like giving up? Are there times you get tired of bad health and problems? Are you getting old and your body getting weaker? Do as I did and look up. Don’t be discouraged and give up. When your health becomes bad, do not faint. When you are discouraged, do not faint. “Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” (2 Cor. 4:17). This teaches us that we need to keep going, and we will reap eternal glory in Heaven. So when you feel discouraged and think about quitting, learn what I have learned and do not faint or give up. In Heaven there will be no more deafness or asthma. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things (asthma) are passed away,” (Rev. 21:4). – Don’t Forget – Don’t faint or give up!