It’s been a week to remember. After almost 2 1/2 years of job hunting, it seems that not one, but three full-time job offers have come through for my husband. After praying fervently for direction for college, my son is checking into his dorm next week, his first tuition installment covered. After a year without a proper fridge, one arrived yesterday, with bells and whistles. Just yesterday I completed a two-year involved process to become certified as a Chaplain for a major agency, a process which required sticktoitiveness. And more. The heavens opened! Praise God!
God is always working on our behalf, and He’s always faithful. There will be moments, and even long seasons, when we need to trust because evidence that He’s still on it seems to be lacking. Here are 5 reasons why we should never, never give up.
5 Reasons Not To Give Up
1. Perseverance transforms us. Waiting can be a very uncomfortable process. In moments of impatience and disappointment it’s difficult to understand that there could be a reason to justify our suffering. We can rest assured, however, that if God is making us wait, there is a reason. He isn’t concerned just about events. He is always deeply concerned about our character. This is why He allows us to go through the challenging process described in Romans 5:3-4;
“Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Because waiting is hard, many people… begin to trust in things outside of God’s good and perfect ways.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”
3. God’s loving discipline brings righteousness and peace. One of the hardest things for a dedicated Christian is being disciplined by God. We all try so hard that we feel ashamed to be told to wait. The truth is that not one of us is equal to Jesus. Our goal is to be like Him, and God will allow us to go through seasons of discipline to refine us. Hebrews 12 tells us;
“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.”
(Verses 7 and 8)
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
We can unwittingly allow negative thoughts and forecasts to replace our faith and hope.
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.”–Matthew 7:11
5. Joy will come in the morning! After waiting so long for so many things, my foremost thought is that it was all worth the wait! God didn’t just answer my prayers, and answer them abundantly. He also changed me. Things that bothered me before don’t ruffle my feathers now. It was as if He was waiting for a work to be completed in me before He answered these many prayers. In fact, Philippians 4:6 says, "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." God is faithful and He will complete His work. He is patient with us while we struggle with learning to be patient with Him!
In Psalms, David experiences God’s displeasure. While God may not be angry with us while He is requiring us to wait, we may feel like God isn’t pleased with us. David knows how this feels, yet still he is able to say;
“For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may remain for a night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.”