This verse was originally addressed to believers who were suffering many hardships for their faith in Jesus. Their sanity was being questioned and their beliefs were ridiculed. The threat of becoming social outcasts brought fear for their livelihoods and for the well-being of their families.
When the dark clouds of trouble gather in our lives, we may begin to lose patience with the Lord, and the confidence of our faith in God may grow weak and begin to unravel. That is exactly the time when we must hold on; we need to pray for endurance from our Maker. We are reminded to lift our eyes and look ahead. His promises to us do not become any less true because we doubt, but we can rob ourselves of the confidence we enjoy in Him and in His promises when we let go of His hand.
In good times, bad times, and uncertain times, each of us can so easily slip and neglect to reach for the One who has promised to lead us to the finish line in the power of His love. May we never forget that the Lord is our confidence, our rewarder, and our loving God.