The Will to Live
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? Proverbs 18:14
God has given to man an incredible powerful (yet not all-powerful) attribute – man’s will. The spirit of a man can help him cope, deal with, and go through incredible and extraordinarily challenging difficulties. When a man “loses spirit” that is when he is most susceptible to giving up, giving in, or “Throwing in the towel.”
I have seen this “will power” to live when visiting the hospital rooms of those with terminal illness. Sometimes their resolve is the only reason (other than the will of God) that they are alive. Medically speaking, humanly speaking, they should not be alive, but they are by the grace of God. They are looking forward to another day. They have hope for a better tomorrow.
I have also seen the shift in countenance when a person has lost hope, when they are no longer fighting the sickness, when the body has been diminished to the point of their giving up. Even the possibility of pain and suffering can change our minds.
Yes, the spirit of man can sustain through sickness. Generally speaking – as long as there is life and breath – a person has hope of getting better. This is a wonderful perspective that God has given to mankind. If you are facing extreme health conditions, if you are discouraged emotionally, have hope. God cares for you. There are other people who love you. Set up a time to meet with a Christian counselor if you are in a state of despair. Get help in nurturing the God given “spirit of a man.”
In recent days, we have seen an uptick in celebrities and famous people take their own life in suicide. In spite of the fame and financial status, something was missing in their lives. They gave up. They lost hope. Causes are certainly different and individualistic to each case, but overall – they missed the purpose for living. Perhaps they were “wounded in spirit.” If you are depressed or deeply discouraged – talk to a Christian Counselor today. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Make the call today.
Please know that everyone will face discouragement from time to time. It is a natural part of the human experience. There will be low moments of extreme disappointment. The Lord can help you through those times. There will also be times of great joy!
There is natural “Will to live.” Be sure to allow the Lord to nurture that will! He is the One who gives meaning and purpose to life.