Giving up is an easy thing to do when you're under pressure. In fact, for many of us, we become convinced that it is God; convinced that it was the will of the Lord for us to give up and quit, especially after we have fought for a while. There are some immediate benefits that we gain by giving up: We get rid of the pressure; We don't have to deal with the test anymore; It feels like God has given us relief from our pain; It's just outright easier; There is a short-lived peace that you quickly obtain; You are free to put your energy into something that seems like it's better; and It gives the impression of moving forward.
However, we all need to understand that nothing happens to us unless God allows it. Scripture says. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Note that in scripture, escaping the temptation is not quitting (unless you're practicing sin), but it is bearing up under a burden. Why? Because this is one of the many ways that God has chosen to strengthen our faith. There are two ways to come out of a trial. The first one is to give up. The second one is to bear up. Both routes out end in the word up, and they both will seem like they are taken you in an upward motion. The truth is that one is deceptive; it's a lie and won't lead you up and out...it could just take you out.
It has been my experience that when I have chosen the first way out that I usually find myself right back in the midst of the same set of circumstances a little later on. But when God brings me out, it means that I have learned the lesson of faith that the Holy Spirit was teaching me and my faith is ready to move UP to the next level. Consider what I have said and may the Lord give you wisdom.
Pastor Earl Goings shares his thoughts on everyday concerns.
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