Why do we give up on things? It happens all the time. Books left unfinished, marriages in pieces, jobs abandoned, etc. But why? More importantly, why do people give up on trusting The Lord?
There’s never a shortage of excuses. “The Preacher did this”, “She said that”, “I was hurt by….”, and on and on it goes. The truth is, there will never be an excuse good enough to convince The Lord when we stand before Him!
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
2 Tim 4:7
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”
Let me share 3 primary things that may contribute to you throwing in the towel.
1. WEARINESS IN THE STRUGGLE
We get tired! There is a great temptation during any struggle to give in to weariness. We all deal with struggles that last longer than they’re supposed to (at least in our minds). Many give up simply because they’re tired.
I get tired. I want to quit. Not long ago, I was building a piece of furniture for our deck. I made a slight miscalculation in my measurements. The thickness of the wood was different than the design I initially laid out. So because of that, as I assembled the pieces it became obvious it wasn’t going to work.
It was hot, I was tired, and at that moment I didn’t care much about the chair I had envisioned. I wanted to give up. But, with a simple adjustment, I was back on track!
Usually, our struggles last longer than we were planning or hoping. With every difficulty in life, we long for the shortest escape route.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
2 Thessalonians 3:13
13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
2. WEAKNESS IN FAITH
EVERYTHING about walking with God is a matter of faith. Not just some things, EVERYTHING!
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
What exactly is faith? Let me give you a very simple definition of faith. Faith can be described as a measure of faithfulness toward God. We know, according to Scripture that God is perfectly FAITHFUL, and we are given a measure of faith. Faith then, is a measurement of how faithful I am to Him, His Word, & His will. Check out this article: 3 THINGS JESUS IS LOOKING FOR.
How many times have you attempted to deal with things on your own? Be honest! Now think of how many times you’ve made a mess of it. If we move from trusting God by faith, to taking matters in our own hands, we end up with a greater problem than was necessary. We must walk with God and trust His perfect plan and providence!
Matt 24:42-46 KJV
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”
3. WORLDLINESS IN CHARACTER
When the Bible refers to “the world”, it’s typically not making reference to the physical Earth. It’s actually referring to the spirit by which the world’s systems operate. It’s a world system that’s in opposition to God and His will. When our primary motivation in life is to please self we are more in love with the world than with God. I’ve known people, good people, who were willing to sell out their walk with God, and their families for a something “new” or more exciting than what they had.
1 John 2:15-17
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
This world is quickly passing away. All of its temporary pleasures will one day be as a vapor. Only what we do in surrender to Jesus Christ will matter for eternity!
“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
1 Cor 15:58
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, foras- much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Have you felt like giving up lately? Stop asking yourself what’s important to you. Start asking what’s important to God! The rest will take care of itself! You may also want to check out this article: 1 Thing You Cannot Afford To Do. (Read Here)
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