Many years ago I went to a hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to see a dear friend. His family had called and said the doctors had done all they could and thought the family should come right away. Walking into the ICU unit that night I saw what seemed like a hopeless situation. My friend was unresponsive. As we all gathered and prayed, the family and I thought we were saying our final goodbyes. I left very late that night to make the 90 mile drive back to New Orleans reflecting on the brevity of life. Paul describes it as a mist, or the morning dew, here for a while and then gone. The next day, as my phone rang, I just knew that the worst news was on the other end of the line. "He's doing fine!" Not what I expected to hear, but my friend's wife said that some time in the night Ray had pulled through. A few weeks later he walked into church on a bright Louisiana morning to simply smile at me and say, "God is not through with me yet!"
We give up too soon. Situations and circumstances often seem insurmountable and we want to throw our hands in the air and quit. Don't! God is not through with you yet. Whatever you may be facing, God will indeed walk with you, and at times carry you as you find strength you never knew you had.
Ever wonder why Methuselah lived to be 969 years old? A great pastor once commented on the fact that God had promised him, that he would not die with the unrighteous. God was using his grandson Noah to build a really big boat, and God delayed the flood because He wasn't ready to give up on the people. He is not ready to give up on you!
II Peter 3:9 " The Lord is not slack concerning HIs promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us,"
As you find yourself in the midst of great conflict and hurt, I will quote the late Jim Valvano, "Don't give up, don't ever give up."
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