Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV).
You’d like to quit, wouldn’t you
And succumb to your fears
Throw yourself a pity party and invite your tears
You’d like to give up and make excuses
Why you can’t win
And contribute your failures with where you’ve been
You’d like to tell God, “I’m not quite right
And although you’ve helped me before,
I just don’t have the strength to fight.”
Times are hard and this world is rough
Instead of carrying heavy loads, you trying to lift trucks
You are burdened, you are drained
Frustrated in every way
You’ve reached the point where it’s even hard to pray
I feel you when you say, I’m tired
I face those times when I want to quit too
But God posed this question to me
That I will ask you….
“What if quitting was an option?
An Opportunity Present To Ignore Or Neglect God’s will for your life
So think about it, if quitting was an option right….
Ministers would change careers
After dealing with serious declines of character, teamwork
And faithfulness among their peers
Your assigned angels would have resigned
After having multiple slow workdays
And Jesus might have left the cross and took a loss
Because some people refuse to be saved
But let’s go back further….
If Quitting was an option,
Joseph would have ignored the angel of God and bailed on Mary
He would have left her to raise Jesus alone
Mary would have told God, “I have no strength to carry Jesus. This is just too big of a role for me to take on.”
Job would have cursed God and died
After being afflicted, tested and tried
And although Ruth loved her mother-n-law, Ruth would have left Naomi and missed the chance of new love, happiness and prosperity
Joseph, son of Jacob, would have had no charity or integrity. After being persecuted and oppressed,
He would have forsaken others, especially his family, and would have also been depressed
Noah, like many of us, would have procrastinated, half-obeyed or even failed to complete the ark
He would have let the people or even the size of the assignment discourage him so
And what if Moses never showed up for his meeting with Pharaoh?
And how about Jesus’ disciples?
They would have left Jesus standing
Because the job was too demanding
How about the Canaanite woman? She would have backed down
after Jesus didn’t answer the first time around
and her daughter would not receive healing
So if Quitting was an option
and God quit as well
Prisons wouldn’t be the only overcrowding place,
It would be Hell
But God is a god that cannot fail, nor lie
His righteousness is forever, His grace is sufficient
His mercies are daily
His word is bond and if He woke you up today,
God has not given up on you
You’ve already been reconciled
Already granted the opportunity to be saved
And set free, your price paid
How could we think of quitting,
When God is the God of victory
He is the author and the finisher of our faith
How could we quit
When God is working on our characters and our hearts
And always finishes what He starts
And how could you say you’re done?
Quitting on the Lord
Is like walking off the battleground
After your Team wins
Not knowing you already WON!
—from Setting The Captive Free by Tannika Moore
So fellow sisters and brothers in Christ, do not give up; God has not given up on you. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9 NIV). Persevere and trust God with the results of your obedience and your holding fast to your faith. Encourage one another and share God’s love and Word with others who may not know God’s unfailing, sincere love for all of mankind. Jesus persevered all the way to the Cross so that everyone would have the opportunity to be saved eternally and reconciled back to the one true God. Trust God and set the captive free!
Are you getting weary? Do you feel like throwing in the towel? What does God tell us about pressing in? What things do you do to get over feelings of despair, hopelessness and defeat?