Giving Up

white flagDo you read the newspapers?  Have you seen the latest on television?  Although the disheartening stories have always been a part of “life,” it seems they outweigh the good things in our world.  I’m grateful for my parents who “protected” me from some of reality while I was growing up.  After all, kids shouldn’t be  aware of much of the heartache in the world.  But as we grow, as we mature, we understand “there’s nothing new under the sun.”  Close to the beginning of time, man began to encounter struggles.  And often times, the struggles seem insurmountable.

Questions of “Why?,” “Why me?,” or “What’s next?” all seem to creep into our vocabulary.  Let’s be honest: there are times when throwing your hands up, waving the white flag, and walking away would be much easier.  But we all know that’s not the answer.  It wouldn’t be fair to those around us.  And in the long run, it wouldn’t be fair to us as either.

I’m reminded of Jesus saying, “But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Jn 16:33

By the way, “the world” means all that’s in the world.

Struggle = God knows.

Finances = Trust God.

A medical diagnosis = What does God want you to know?

A fractured relationship = God hears you.

Peace = God provides in His time.

Tragedy that can never be understood = God is bigger than that too.

God calls us to be faithful.  And being faithful requires discipline.  Discipline means moving one step at a time in the right direction.  When you’re tempted to walk away, crawl into a hole, mask the pain, remember God is bigger than all this world has to offer.  Do you believe it or not?

Notice this text and especially the caveat.

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you – unless you believed in vain.  1 Cor 15:1-2 ESV (emphasis mine)

If you hold fast.  If you believe.  If you know your God to be bigger.  If you’re not focused on the storm but the One who can calm the storm.

So stand.  Walk.  Move where God wants you to move.  Although there’s struggle, you’re not allowed to quit!

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