Have you ever thought about giving on what God has called you to do; on trusting Him?
I’ll be honest here. I have.
Sometimes, the road is just too hard. The setbacks are just too many. You wonder how you can ever keep going.
The Christian life can be HARD. Serving Jesus can be HARD.
And Satan tells us, loudly, to just give up.
Maybe you don’t know Jesus yet. Maybe this doesn’t make sense to you. But maybe life just feels too hard. You need to know that Jesus is the One Who can give you all the help you need; can give you hope; can give you love.
You need to know that Jesus is right here, reaching out to you, offering you forgiveness, love beyond your wildest dreams, a fresh start and new hope… forever. Come to Him, and find new life. Come and find forgiveness. Come and find peace with God. Come and find hope for eternity. Come and turn from the sins that chain you. Come and receive His forgiveness. Come surrender your life and heart to Him as Lord of your life, and receive the forgiveness, love and hope He loves to give you as your Saviour and Lord. Following Him won’t always be easy, but it’s what you’re searching for. He is the One you are searching for. He is the hope you need.
You are loved.
And that’s what we need to do every time, no matter how long we have known Him. Come to Jesus.
Those who follow Jesus as Saviour and Lord are on the right path, but sometimes it is just hard. Sometimes it feels like it would be far easier to just give up.
But giving up on what God has called us to do, or on trusting Him, is never, ever the right option.
Why? Because He is good. Because He is faithful. Because holding onto Him is always, always worth it… and because He always, always keeps His promises.
It doesn’t always look like we think it will… but, then, it is always ultimately better. He is far, far more generous; more kind; more wise; more faithful than we could ever dream.
I have noticed that God often answers my prayers on another dimension, which I’d never even thought of!
But it’s always too soon to quit.
I remember sensing the Lord showing me something like, “If you give up now, you won’t see the blessing I have been preparing for you.”
Sometimes, blessings are on their way to us that we could not begin to imagine… If only we wait for them… if we don’t give up.
There are always unimaginable blessings coming to those who follow Jesus… If only we hold out for them. Whether in this life or the next, we couldn’t begin to imagine the good things He has planned for us. Sure, this life is hard. But God is also very, very kind, and very, very faithful.
What if it means an awful lot; that decision not to quit; that decision to take one more step forward? That one decision to live as though God will be faithful… and to do the next thing? What if all of Heaven is cheering for us? What if our perseverance is doing far more than we could ever imagine?
What if it’s not as far as we think it is? What if it really is going to be okay… if only we trust Him and hold on?
‘The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,
And He adds no sorrow with it.’ Prov 10:22
Some things are just Rock. Solid. True.
‘”Then you will know that I am the Lord,
For they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”’ Isaiah 49:23b
‘5Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
6 He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.’ Ps 126:5-6
‘Cast your bread upon the waters,
For you will find it after many days.’ Ecclesiastes 11:1
‘Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him.’ Isaiah 30:18
‘For since the beginning of the world
Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him.’ Isaiah 64:4
We don’t have to know how God’s promises will come true… Or even when. But you can be certain, and utterly confident in hope, that, for the child of God through Jesus, they will.
Sometimes it helps to think back when I was a little curly-headed girl in Sunday School, and things were simple. Just trust Jesus. He will take care of me.
‘The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.’ Ps 23:1
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;’ Prov 3:5
Hope is On the Way
Things look dark now but don’t give in.
Hope is on the way.
Tears sow streams for growing seeds
That will bud one day.
Keep your head up. He will come.
He is on His way.
Light will break through deepest night.
Keep trusting today.
Things look bleak now. You can’t see
Sun behind the storm.
Rainbows birth from cloudy skies
If you wait for morn.
Healing comes from honest prayers.
Hope springs from despair.
The righteous path is like the dawn,
Bright, brighter every hour.
Things look down but don’t let go.
He will lift you up.
He is tender with bruised reeds.
He will heal with love.
He is working through this pain;
His plan never fails.
Harvests bathed in faithful tears
Reap rewards one Day.
Things look bleak but stand in faith.
Let Him hear your songs.
Let Him see your loving trust.
Let Him hold you close.
Nothing done for love of Him
Ever is a waste.
Love Him hard through this deep dark
And He will amaze!
Some day soon, He will reward
All your tears have sown.
Live to hear His tender voice:
‘Well done, faithful one.”
Brightness bursts through streaming Dawn;
You will see His face.
Morning breaks on Heaven’s shore.
Night has turned to Day.
You don’t need to have strength right now for all of days ahead. You only need to lean hard on the LORD. You only need to take the next step. As you do, help will come. You can be sure of it.
The words below are part of an anonymous poem that has blessed me at various times. It’s called ‘Do the Next Thing’. I thought you might enjoy them.
“Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrows, Child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus. DO THE NEXT THING.
Do it immediately; do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command,
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all resultings. DO THE NEXT THING.”
Sometimes it’s just leaning hard into Him, and then making the decision to wash the dishes. To sweep the floor. To go to work. Trusting that, as you take a step forward, He will meet you with all you need. And, when you look back, you will be amazed at how He came through.
And I have learned that the best thing to do when you don’t know what to do or you don’t know how you will keep going is to get alone with Jesus, and seek Him until He gives you what you need. In His presence, we find the missing pieces. We find His love. We find what we need to keep going. Often, it’s just peace and His presence… which is really all we need. Sometimes His answers aren’t what we expect. Sometimes He doesn’t feel close. But He will always be faithful to answer our cries.
‘My God of mercy[a] shall come to meet me;
God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.’ Ps 59:10
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.