5 Reasons to Give Up

rock, pinecone and water

  1. It was a bad idea to begin with.  Sometimes we just mess up and start wrong.  Do your best to ascertain bad decisions early because false starts can be discouraging.
  2. God tells you to.  Sometimes He sends you in another direction and it rarely makes any sense in the short run.
  3. You are too much into yourself.  If your priorities have been messed up, hopefully God has given you a mirror to show you the flaw.  Let Him fix it.
  4. You are exhausted.  Consider Elijah in 1 Kings 19.  His head was going in circles and he couldn’t figure out which way was up.  He was mentally and spiritually exhausted.  He needed to be refilled and he was too exhausted to even realize it.  He just ran toward the Mountain of God and God met him on the way.
  5. You want to stop growing.

Okay – I’m not sure there’s ever really a good reason to give up, but sometimes we really do need to back up and wait for another angle of approach to show itself.  Often we need to take a break, crawl into God’s lap and ask for His perspective.

Life isn’t easy.  You will have times that you hit a wall.  If you quit, you will never find the answer. If you back up and wait, you will find new solutions.

Elijah waited in a cave and God showed up. Join me in 1 Kings 19

11 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

Elijah was seriously dejected.  God showed up (in Spirit, presumably).  He says – ‘come outside, I’m coming to visit in person.’  The the world shook apart, blew like a tornado and swarmed with a fire storm – but God wasn’t in it.

If you are in an earthquake, don’t give up.

If you are in a tornado, don’t give up.

If you are in a fire storm, don’t give up!

Can you see what’s next?  God comes in person.  In a sweet, small whisper.

Elijah got the directions for the next phase of his life.  Earthquakes, tornadoes, firestorms – they all feel like reasons to give up.  But if you stick it out, you get the refreshment and direction you need for what comes next.


One Response to “5 Reasons to Give Up”

  1. Debi Maine Says:

    this is great…love reading your stuff…you are amazing and i miss you…

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