2011-08-17 / Religion

‘Don’t Give Up’

by James Scarborough Assembly of God

I try to cut corners financially when it is reasonable so that we can live within our means. Some of the young folks probably think of me as stingy, but I do not see it that way.

A young man working in Wal Mart, who was very helpful to me the other night, apparently picked up on that even though we had never met before. As I wandered around in the electronics department trying to locate a surge protector for the sound system at church, he very kindly offered to assist and he quickly walked me over to a variety of the devices. Without inquiring about the application I would be using it in, he lost no time in telling me which ones were the cheapest available; maybe he just sensed that I was one who wanted a dime’s worth of merchandise for a nickel! I only hope he was watching as I grabbed the top-of-the line model and dropped it in my buggy!

A few years ago when I purchased a new Snapper lawn mower, I cut one too many corners— instead of paying a little more to get one with an electric starter, I chose one with manual start only.

How hard can it be to pull a rope a time or two to crank it up? It is quite easy, except for two considerations: I did not know that it would occasionally and unexpectedly kickback like a mule, and after several years of use it does not seem to start as easily as it once did.

The last couple of times I have started it have been somewhat of a challenge; with high heat and humidity, coupled with a bumper crop of gnats using me as their host, I have really regretted my cost-cutting measure when I made my investment in lawn equipment.

One thing that I have found, though, is that if I will keep trying, the engine always starts. It takes time and effort, and a little sweat, but it has never let me down. Not yet at least.

I am grateful that God does not quickly give up on us. Even though we can be more cantankerous than a hard-to-start engine, He keeps pulling, pressing and pursuing us in His efforts to get us to become faithful servants of His. Notice what 2 Peter 3:9 has to say about this aspect of God’s nature: “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (NIV).

We, also, must be careful that we do not give up on God by failing to believe Him to intervene in our circumstances. In Luke 18, as Christ taught His disciples about the benefits of unrelenting prayer, He used an illustrative story “to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Read it for yourself, beginning at verse 1).

So don’t give up—even when it means pulling, sweating and enduring discomfort and inconvenience at times as you wait on God to come through for you! Never forget: God does not quickly give up on you!

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