When You’re Ready to Quit

God gave me some really good advice recently. But then, His advice is always good. He is God, after all. Nobody in the universe gives advice as perfect, and timely, as He does. He knew exactly what advice I needed, why I needed it, when I needed it, when I would need to be reminded of it, and when I would need to follow it. He also knew the strength I would need to take His advice, and that I would get that strength from Him. And when He reminded me of the advice, I thought maybe this advice isn’t just for me. Is it also for you?

“Do not stop because it’s hard,” God told me. “Continue anyway.”

Lara Love in her office

God wanted me to know that when the writing part of my ministry gets hard, and it has been known to get extraordinarily hard at times, I shouldn’t quit. God only knows I have quit countless times when it has gotten hard. He also knew how hard my writing has become again lately, and how easy it would be for me to call it quits once again. After all, I feel pretty upset when it gets really challenging. And therein lies the problem.

God doesn’t want us to start doing stuff, and to quit doing stuff, based on how challenging something is or isn’t, and how we feel about it. He wants us to do stuff when He wants us to do stuff, and He wants us to stop doing stuff when He wants us to stop. Get the picture? He wants us to obey, and He wants our obedience to be contingent on Him rather than on our circumstances and feelings. The Lord doesn’t want us to follow our feelings. He wants us to follow Him – regardless of how we feel. So why should we start doing stuff, and why should we quit? Because He says so. Why? Because He is God. Bottom line? We shouldn’t begin or quit doing stuff based on anything other than God.

If you’re feeling ready to quit doing something, seek the Lord before you make a decision. What is His will? He will let you know if it’s time to quit. And if He wants you to continue, He will give you the wisdom and strength to carry on. 

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6 NASB

For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, Colossians 1:9 NASB

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