“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”- Galatians 6: 9 (NIV)
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”- C. H. Spurgeon
Laura Story begins Chapter 27 (“Why Not Give Up?”) of Blessings by noting that most of us have reached a point when we’ve been tempted to give up on life, or have become so discouraged and confused that we simply want to run away and hide from everyone and everything. When this happens we tend to be in a hurry for God to resolve our dilemma, drumming our fingers impatiently as we wait for God to act according to our timetable, not His. As E. Stanley Jones states, we are at a crucial crossroads:
“Life will be made or broken at the place where we meet and deal with obstacles.”
When we find our courage tested to the limit, Laura encourages us to remember that “God is as near as your next breath.” He offers His strength, comfort, and steadfast love to His children. Joni Eareckson Tada reflects on the relationship between our weakness and God’s strength:
“In my weakness I have learned, like Moses, to lean hard on God. The weaker I am, the harder I lean on Him. The harder I lean, the stronger I discover God to be. The stronger I discover God to be, the more resolute I am in this job He’s given me to do.”
Today’s question: What Bible passages, hymns, or Christian songs have enabled you to resolutely press forward? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: Why ask “Why”?