Are you about to give up? Are you about to quit?
Life can get frustrating at times and we may want to quit. You may want to just throw up your hands and walk away.
Ministry can be frustrating. You can wonder at times, if you are accomplishing anything?
Or, maybe your job has gotten tough and you have thought about quitting. Don’t do it! Hang in there.
In II Corinthians 4, the apostle Paul was talking about the trials he faced in ministry. Paul says in verse 1, “Since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart.” Notice Paul said, “We do not lose heart.”
It’s easy to lose heart. It’s easy to get frustrated. But Paul says, “We do not lose. heart.”
Later on in that chapter, Paul writes again about the hardships he faced. He says, “…we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed” ( II Cor. 4:8). Paul had gone through some tough times!
Think about what he said…
“Afflicted in every way, but not crushed…”
“Perplexed, but not despairing…”.
“Persecuted but not forsaken…”
“Struck down but not destroyed..”
Paul had been beaten but he hadn’t quit.
He had been confused, but he hadn’t given up.
He hung in. We must do the same.
The poet wrote;
“When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit”