Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I truly hope and pray that your day is off to a great start…and I also pray that no matter what you may be facing right now; that you will ALWAYS know in your heart that Jesus will NEVER give up on you…Amen!!
This morning, as I was listening to a song titled… “Never Gave Up;” I began to think back to over 25 years ago, when my life seemed so unrepairable. There were so many things happening at the time; that the plate of problems that sat before me, just seemed to overflow, until I could barely keep up with it all. At the time, I was facing multiple knee surgeries, while the painful moments of the past seemed right before my very eyes…to the place where the weight of each problem only weighed heavily upon me, until my head actually felt as if it was dragging on the ground.
Even though these times in my life seemed so out of control and hopeless; God had another plan…one that I just couldn’t see at the time, while standing in the midst of all that rubble. It was through these difficult times that He began to reveal Himself to me…and truly stand on the promises He made to me personally and through His word. Now, as I look back…I see how He never gave up on me. Yes…there were moments, when He had to wait for me to catch up with Him; but He never grew impatient…and He definitely didn’t walk away; for that same presence that was with me over 25 years ago…continues to walk with me each day.
You know…just like me; we can feel as if life is just so overwhelming…to the place where all our problems seem to hide us from the presence of an almighty God. Like I’ve said before…it’s not only Satan’s desire to afflict us; but to use that affliction, as another means of removing us from the presence of God…and if he can get us to see these moments, as moments that seem almost impossible to get through; then maybe he can also convince us that God has given up on us to.
A very special Bible verse that God has used numerous times in my life is found in John 14:18, which reads… “No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm—I will come to you.” This is the Bible verse that actually helped me to see that God wasn’t going to give up on me. In fact…I saw myself at the time, as though my problems were this enormous storm…one with blackened skies and a raging sea; but as I stood on what seemed to be the broken moments of my life, I began to call out to the Lord for help…and in His own way; He came to me on that troubled sea and He held me close…and from that moment on…life began to take a new turn…one that gently walked me out of the storm and unto a new path…a path that I have been walking down since that time.
You know…the one thing that has been a reminder to me for quite some time, as to how Jesus will never give up on us; is when I think back to an old rugged cross. Just stop and think for a moment…would Jesus go through all that suffering, pain and agony; only to turn His back on us right now? I don’t think so. The way I see it; is that His love for us was so real at the cross; that the only thing that seemed to matter; was what He could do for us. Now if Jesus’ love for us was so great…that He was willing to sacrifice His own life for us; then why wouldn’t He sacrifice some time for us now? I think that sometimes, we just become so buried in our circumstances and what they are attempting to convey to us; that we begin to let them have control…to the place where it feels as if Jesus has walked away and given up on us completely.
You know…over 25 years ago, I never thought I’d be where I’m at today; but as I look back, over the many traveled miles of life; I truly see where Jesus stood on His promises and never gave up on me, which only gives me hope for the moments I’m facing at this time…a hope that truly lifts me to a place that is closer to Him.
No matter what you’re facing right now…please don’t ever give up; because I know a God who hasn’t given up on you. Maybe His timing hasn’t allowed your circumstance to change for the better; but through my own experience, I can say that it will change…and while you are waiting in the waiting room, for Him to walk in and help you; just rest assured that He is with you and will never abandon you or leave you as an orphan in the storm…for He will come to you; because He is a God that hasn’t and will never give up on you…Amen!!
Have a very blessed day…and ALWAYS know that God will be there for you, until the very end. (Matthew 28:20)
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