I feel like it is easier to give up. Sticking it through and learning from the season is tougher to do. Know that every season God knows with Him you are capable to come out on the other side. I think as that thought about giving up comes in mind the thing is we are thinking of our own capabilities. I can’t do this! I can’t go on! I don’t have the strength! I don’t have the resources! I don’t have the money! I am not educated enough! I don’t have experience! I! I! I! I can’t! What if we changed our way of thinking and started to turn the focus on God as soon as that giving up thought crosses our minds. He can do this! He can help me go on! He will give me the strength! He is THE resource! He is my provider! He will give me the knowledge and wisdom I need! HE! HE! HE! HE CAN! Isaiah 40: 29 “ He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.”
In those moments where you are being stretched thin and you feel like you have no more to give I dare you to question yourself, why should I give up? Is it because you are more focused on what you can do rather than what He can do? Stop focusing on yourself and look to God. God is your provider. God is your strength. God is the door to greater things that you can’t even imagine.
Let me share a little story of when I was in college. I remember my last semester in college. It was going to be my final semester and I was so excited to finally be able to get to that point especially because it was very unlikely that someone from my neighborhood would go to college or continue any sort of higher education. I was honestly going against the odds. My last semester was days away and I remember I was still not able to come up with the rest of the money financial aid and scholarships did not cover. I did have one more scholarship that would finish covering the cost but it would not kick in until classes started. Well, I had to have my classes paid in full before I could start. I remember thinking okay I guess I am really going to have to drop my classes. I had tried any resources I thought I had to borrow the money and could not come up with anything. It was the last hours of the day and I was literally going to login to cancel my classes. I was devastated and literally crying going to have to click that cancel button when a few people let me know they would be able to lend me the money. I was in shock and so thankful. I look back and I am like God you have never failed me. Only God can pull through. Only God knows my needs. I see it as His way of saying, Don’t give up and certainly don’t lose faith in Me. I am your provider. You know having gone through this I pressed that much harder in my classes. Walking across that stage was such a sweet moment. All the hard work but more so thankful to God. I knew that everything I went through in my whole college experience through it all God always came through. That even when I was about to give up He pulled through and let me know that He was by my side.
No matter what you are going through keep pushing and don’t give up. Although the going gets tough lean on God. Trust in God. Have faith in God! Question yourself, “Why should I give up?” “Am I leaning on my own strength and capabilities or am I looking to God?” Know that God will pull through for you. It may not be exactly as you thought he would but know He will pull through. So rely on God. God always pulls through!
Prayer: Father God I come to you in the name of Jesus. I ask that you forgive me for any doubt that I may have in you. I ask that you take away these insecurities I have and replace it with confidence in you. Knowing that you are God and through you all things are possible. I thank you God that even in my doubts you have never left my side. I thank you that even when I focus more on myself and others, you still are great to me. Help me Lord to always focus on you. Your grace, love and mercy Lord I am forever grateful for. I ask Lord that when I doubt or when I even entertain the thought of giving up that you shake me in remembering how great you are. You Lord are great! You Lord are wonderful! You Lord are forever King! In Jesus name, Amen!