I remember when quite a few years ago, I was sitting in the heart station at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My daughter was sitting on my wife’s lap as they were completing the last preliminaries before her open heart surgery the next morning. Each of us were on edge and doing our best to deal with the situation. It was then that my daughter said her first word. She turned her head, looked across the room at me and said, “Daddy.” Needless to said, I nearly fell apart.
The two options that we have when we face trouble are holding it together or falling apart. Faith is what enables us to hold our hearts together. When we lose faith or fail to exercise faith, our heart no longer binds itself together for The Lord and then we essentially cave in or fall under the circumstances of your trial. However, our path to victory begins with just one step.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalms 27:14)
Waiting on The Lord and being of good courage are attributes of the heart. We see this from the context of the verse and can understand that they essentially mean to bind the heart together and be emotionally strong. When we have faith in The Lord to provide what we need and take that stand, God will strengthen our hearts. We then have greater faith to take that same stand and God again strengthens our hearts. The process repeats itself and this is what enables believers to overcome all obstacles and yet at the same time rejoice in The Lord.
You too can experience this victory. It begins with one step: hold your heart together by trusting in the goodness of The Lord. After that, he will do the rest.