Never Give Up
I am directionally challenged. I am not proud of it, but it is true. When I am in a geographical area with which I am not familiar, or when I am not sure in which direction to go for any one of a number of reasons, my best results have come when I have accepted my gut feeling – and then turned and proceeded in the opposite direction.
Being directionally challenged, and being far too aware of that fact, has had an additional drawback: when I know I am supposed to travel in a certain direction for a specific distance, I have frequently second-guessed myself, turned around (because I concluded that I must be going in the wrong direction), gone back to my point of origin, and traveled in the opposite direction looking for my destination. It is maddening, to say the least, when I finally discover that I was originally going in the correct direction but gave up too soon.
Life itself can be like that sometimes. So, too, can our spiritual journey with Jesus.
Faith, we are told in the Word of God, “is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV). For this reason, we are called to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7, NKJV). In this fallen world, however, what we see – and hear – and feel – all too often clouds our hearts and our minds. It sows doubt and confusion. It tries to convince us to give up and turn back.
Directionally challenged is bad enough when it happens in the natural world, but when it occurs in our spiritual lives, it leads us away from our eternal destination with God (2 Corinthians 5:6).
You and I were made for Heaven, and it is to Heaven that we are supernaturally drawn.
Everything we do on this earth – indeed, everything we are and become in this life – is directed to the single goal of getting us to Heaven. God the Father calls us, the Holy Spirit directs us, and Jesus walks with us every step of the way.
We can make it – we will make it – if we do not give up. As the Apostle Paul implored, “In due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9, NKJV).
In my words of encouragement to you two weeks ago (February 15), I stated that, despite whatever you are going through, God is with you – and for you – and in you. I told you that no matter what your circumstances are or seem to be, He, and He alone, can give you rest – and peace – and victory. Today, I make one final appeal: do not give up. No matter how difficult things may become, and no matter how overwhelmed you may feel, do not give up. Call out – reach out – and hold on.
But never give up.
Heaven needs you, my friend. And so do we.
-- Dr. John Morris