When You Shouldn’t Quit

“You know,” I told a dear friend yesterday by phone. “Walk by Faith Ministry has been under incredible attack from the enemy ever since I moved to South Carolina – over a year. If you look at the circumstances, I should throw in the towel and quit.” I began to share some of the ministry’s statistics for the past year, and my friend could understand my concern. “I’ve been wondering, too,” she said. How could we not wonder when we look at the ministry through human eyes, at is accomplishments, shortcomings, and failures combined – not to mention my own as the ministry’s director. But if there is nothing else I have learned about quitting, statistics, numbers, circumstances, feelings, opinions, thoughts, and situations should never dictate whether or not, and when, I should quit what the Lord has called me to do.

The Bible is clear as a sunny day about how we are called to walk:

2Co 5:7  “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”

Sure enough, the Bible also says:

2Co 4:18  “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

So what does this have to do with quitting based on statistics, numbers, circumstances, feelings, opinions, thoughts, and situations? The Lord does not ask me to walk through life according to what I see with my physical eyes. He asks me to live according to my faith in Him.

The devil, of course, would like nothing more than to convince me to walk according to my flesh. Given how up and down life can be, given how up and down emotions can be in response to life, imagine how elated the enemy would be if I made all my decisions based on the ups and down of life.

When I think about the future of Walk by Faith Ministry, I think about the Lord. I know the devil would like nothing more than to shut it down, but I am equally aware the Lord would love nothing more than for me to have faith in Him and to follow Him wherever He calls me for whatever purpose He has in mind.

The right time to quit is when the Lord says so. The wrong time to quit is when I am caught up in the flesh and staring at my circumstances.

Today, by faith, I have chosen to disregard what I see with my human eyes. Today, by faith, I am keeping my spiritual ears in tune to the Lord and doing my best to discern His voice. As someone told me long ago, God sees the whole picture while we humans only see part of it. Rather than get swept away with emotions about the way things seem for Walk by Faith Ministry in this very moment, I am putting my trust in the Lord as He leads me forward to the place He is calling.

I am quite sure now is not the time to quit. The Lord has not told me to do so. But it is time instead to re-focus my eyes and heart on Him, to place my trust in Him, and to put one foot in front of the other as He continues to teach me to walk by faith.

Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

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