Even when times get tough in life, don’t give up
Pastor Jeffrey Mack | 7/3/2014, 9 a.m.
Throughout life, all of us at one time or another, have experienced some difficult or hard times.
We’ve had times where our finances was so messed up, we wanted to cry, throw in the towel or just run away from it all.
Do you remember when you were raising your kids the best you could, only to have them grow up and totally disrespect you or not even appreciate the things or sacrifices you have made over the years for them?
What about a friend or family member that you went above and beyond the call of duty to help get through a crisis, and after they get back on their feet only to have them turn their back on you or thumb their nose at you?
These are only a few of many situations that may cause us to want to “Give up.”
I want to encourage you and say, “Don’t give up,” better days are ahead.
Psalm 30:5 says . . .” Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
We never know just how long “the night” may be. It could be a day, week, month or even years, but we should never “Give up,” because if we just hold on, we can make it.
We never know how strong we are until we find out how weak we are. 2 Corinthians 12:8–10 (NKJV)
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
When we start to surrender our lives and circumstances over to the Lord and realize that we cannot make it without him, then we will be able to experience God’s power, presence and his grace operating in our lives. God will give us the strength to say to ourselves and others: I will not give up. I shall not give up. So, don’t give up.