NEVER GIVE UP
By Robin Houde
Sometimes stubbornness can be used in a way that glorifies the Lord. I’m a stubborn kid at heart and it has gotten me in hot water many times. Over the last few years, however, He has shown me how to use this for His glory.
There was a tumultuous time in my life when I thought I was never going be able to move past my hurt. Each day the pain, loneliness and abandonment I felt was worse. I longed to be held and for someone to tell me it was going to be okay. I cried out to God night after night to remove the piercing pain and agonizing feelings. Sometimes I felt like He wasn’t hearing me. But every night as I sat on my knees and prayed to Him, He would comfort me and direct me to His Word, where I was reminded of who He is and who I am in Him. These are a couple of scriptures that helped me through this difficult time:
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned.”
These scriptures reminded me of God’s unconditional love for me. They solidified what I already knew in my heart. Even though I felt abandoned, God has promised that He is always with me, and He will never ever leave me. People abandon us but God never will. In those moments I could feel Him wrap his loving arms around me and I felt comforted and reassured that if I kept my focus on Him and not on my circumstance, I would not only get through what it was that I was going through but I would be made whole again, in my Lord and Savior.
Lately a few newer songs on the radio have caught my attention. They all have to do with ‘looking up’. God will use all types of media to catch our attention. This time, for me, he used music. Sometimes we get so caught up in our problems that we sometimes forget who we are supposed to turn to in difficult times, where we are to look for help. Family and friends are great to have, especially those that share the same faith, but people can only help you so much. When we look the Lord for acceptance, guidance, peace, or comfort, we find it in a much purer form. God’s also lasts longer and doesn’t come with any strings attached. He asks nothing in return. And He’s actually been waiting for us to seek Him.
Psalm 121:1-2: I lift my eyes up to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
So, no matter what this world throws at you, remember who are and who’s you are. Always look up and never give up!