On The Edge Of Giving Up


“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” – (KJV) 1 Samuel 30:6

Please don’t take this post as sounding morbid, but there are times you just feel the urge to jump! Do you ever feel like you live on the edge of one extreme or another? Sometimes it would just be easier to throw in the towel & walk away. From the highest high to the lowest low, the gamut of emotions & options can throw your mind into a tailspin.
What do you do when you find yourself on the edge of saying, “enough is enough”? This morning while thinking on these things, I was taken to this verse of Scripture about David. It was an especially diffficult time in his life. He had experienced great victories and blessings, but now he was at his lowest. His family was taken hostage and those most loyal to him were wanting someone to answer for this! What did he do?

#1 “David….encouraged Himself…”
It was something David HAD to do himself. David made up in his mind that he alone would be responsible for his response in this matter. We can’t let others decide for us. We must be proactive and not simply reactive.

#2 “…encourged himself…”
If you’re waiting on someone else to engourage you, you might be waiting a long time! It’s nice to have that encouragement from others, but we cannot live off it. There are times that you’ll have to be your own cheerleader. Do you believe deeply? Are you convinced that you’re headed in the right direction? If yes, stand strong and encourage yourself! If no, well, that’s an entirely different subject for a later time.

#3 “…in the Lord”
The single most important thing you can do is trust God’s faithfulness! When there’s no one else to stand with you – Jesus will stand with you! In the end, His faithfulness will win out!

“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?” – Mat. 6:26-30

Jesus Is Waiting


We talk a great deal about waiting on the Lord when we need something or want to see something happen. We share our struggles with one another about how we need patience, etc. But have you ever considered the possibility that God may be waiting on us? I found a few occurrences in Scripture where Jesus is found waiting.

JOHN 4:4-7
And he must needs go through Samaria.
Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with [his] journey, sat thus on the well: [and] it was about the sixth hour.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

Matthew 7:7
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

James 5:7
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Matthew 24:36
But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

REV. 22:16-21
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.

Sounds like an invitation to me. Is the Lord waiting on our obedience today? How many days have we left Him waiting for us in our secret time of prayer? How long has He waited to reveal the deeper truths of His Word while our Bibles lay motionless? Don’t leave Jesus waiting today. Go to Him; call upon Him; seek Him!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.