Don't give up or quit-2
Romans 12:12 “…be cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.”(MSG)
…from yesterday…Some family members left after sometime, giving up hope of him ever recovering. Others even felt it was a mere waste of time coming to the hospital daily and felt they should even allow him die in peace!
Then, one day, six weeks later, their son and brother “woke up.” He opened his eyes and began speaking. The first thing he said was: “Where is my money from the lottery?” That family “pushed on.”
In life, we all encounter obstacles and disappointments but the key to overcoming them is ‘pushing on,’ and ‘getting up’. Sure, life has challenges, but life also have many great fulfillments and achievements and accomplishments.
In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus gave a wonderful parable about persistence and one thing that is clear from this parable is that persistence always wear out the opposition. Hear this:
Luke 18:4 “The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people,”
Luke 18:5 “but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!'”(MSG)
The unjust judge represents the obstacles we face in life,those intimidating challenges that want to force us to quit. But this woman kept at it and just as our text shows, she prayed harder. Remember this woman had no influence, no power as it were, compared to the judge who was so powerful and influential, yet she wore him out!
In the boy’s story, I was wondering what would’ve happened if that boy’s family had given up after 5 months. Yes, they would have tried but will never have known the joy of seeing their son alive again.
When next you’re tempted to give up, consider the fact that the opposition is hearing you and you’re gradually wearing it out.
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