Give up?

September 3, 2019

 

            

My friend, may I ask you a question? Does it seem that often big problems in life, because we aren’t in touch with God’s perspective, can leave us groping for the wrong tools? Do we need to be reminded that God knows the real size of the problem and He never gives up?If we look up will His hand be waiting to lift us up?

 

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

I had to move a boulder recently that appeared very large. “I’ll need the truck to move it,” I thought. “But I can’t get a truck in there. Maybe I should just forget it?” I decided to dig around the boulder with pick, shovel and pry bar just to see what I was up against. After a few minutes of digging, however, I discovered that the rock was wide, but not deep. The more I dug the more it appeared that the rock wasn’t big at all. In the end, I was able to move it with the garden tractor and the truck would have been overkill. But, because I assumed I needed a bigger tool, I nearly gave up. 

 

Often big problems in life, because we aren’t in touch with God’s perspective, can leave us groping for the wrong tools. 

 

Here’s a story: “I give up!” the man shouted.” He crouched down on the steps of the office building and wept. Everyone around him kept on about their business. “He’s crazy,” one man said quietly as he nervously rushed toward the door. A young boy standing nearby walked over to the man. “Sir! I know what’s wrong!” he said. The man did not respond. The boy placed his small hand on the stranger’s shoulder. “Sir, I know what’s wrong,” the he whispered. “You said, “I give up! My Mom said that I should never give up. Whenever I feel like I want to give up, I just need to look up. God’s hand will be there to lift me up.” Slowly the man lifted his head to find the young boy standing there with his hands stretched out toward him. The man looked up and said, “All morning I prayed to God for a sign. I begged Him to give me a hand.” Looking at the young man he said, “I never expected they’d be so small; He sent me yours.” (Bob Perks) 

 

“Don’t give up; look up!” the boy said. Why is it that when we’re unhappy we count all the little things that go wrong. But when we need help we expect God to make big things happen? The fact is, God says He works in mysterious ways. That means He often works in ways we don’t see nor really can we understand. He may even use a series of smaller events to affect a larger one. Conversely, He might use a larger event to affect a smaller. When we’re ready to throw in the towel because life just seems too difficult, we need to be reminded that God knows the real size of the problem and He never gives up. Look up! His hand is waiting to lift you up. 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, I praise Your holy name. Today Lord, I feel so tired, weary and discouraged. The only way I see out of this is to give up totally. Things seem ever so gloomy. Nothing is going my way.  Although I still have some hope that this situation is going to turn around, the little that I have fades into the shadows daily.I welcome the Presence of the Holy Spirit. Let Him be my Comforter and Guide. I acknowledge that I may need to make difficult changes in my life. But, making changes isn’t giving up, doing nothing when I need to, is. I know that my present struggles does not mean I am a failure, because every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there. Father, illness, my relationships, my job are all getting the better of me. Give me strength. Give me hope. As I cling to You, please draw near. In Jesus name. Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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