“Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule…sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things…and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.”
God calls each of us to serve in different ways. Even when we are walking according to His word & serving Him faithfully, there may be days when we feel like giving up; the struggle is too great & not only can you not see the light at the end of the tunnel, you can’t even find the tunnel!
So what do you do when you feel like giving up? When you’ve been stretched to thin, your limit was reached long ago and you have nothing left to give anyone, including yourself? The way I look at it, you have two options:
1. Quit- This of course will be the easiest of two. You can simply throw in the towel and walk
away with what you have left.
2. Endure- This one is going to hurt a little. Do you know that the word endure means to suffer patiently?! I don’t know about you, but in this feeble mind the words suffer and patiently should not be allowed to coexist.
However, loving the Lord is not our ticket to a life of ease. We are subject to the same troubles as those who do not love Him. The difference is we are not alone in our suffering.
“So do not throw away (your) confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! PATIENT ENDURANCE is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised!”
When you feel like quitting, just keep going. God never gives up on you, so don’t give up on Him! And here’s the kicker and why I will always choose option #2, “the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)
Please know that I am not trying to downplay the struggles that many of you are facing, I simply want to encourage you not to quit. Even when it feels as if you can’t take another step, take it. God may be working on your breakthrough right now and you don’t want to walk away just before your miracle…do you?