Whenever we are tempted to give up, we often miss this point – we are another moment closer to our miracle happening, we are another moment closer to our lives changing, we are another moment closer to the answer, we are another moment closer to the healing, etc. I know in my life it would have been easy to give up on so many things when it got hard. But if we all gave up on the hard things in life, we would have missed out on the great things that came out of it. Let’s take the ministry of Jesus. Jesus had more times than not been rejected for the message that he carried. He could have soften His message or changed the verbiage of it. However, He did not. He took His message out for those who would hear it. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus came to a pivotal point in His journey.
Jesus came to the Garden with His disciples who had joined Him.
“Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” Matthew 26:38
This is important to understand. So many people, well meaning, say that Jesus was willing to go to the cross without question. Jesus’ was to the point where he was going to die and He knew it. He was full of distress and grief in knowing that He would soon be going through the pain that He would have to endure. This encourages me. It shows me that Jesus felt what I would feel if I were faced with the same circumstance. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” What an amazing statement! Jesus could sympathize with what we would go through. His soul ached with sorrow and agony.
“And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will…He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.’… And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. “ Matthew 26:39, 42, 44
Jesus begged God to allow this cup to move from Him, but God would not. This would have been the point where Jesus had a decision to make. Being perfect, we see Him making the decision that He would go to the cross for us. Being a man, we have trouble reconciling the fact that He did not want to go to the cross. His decision was to move from the currently moment to another moment; the day that He would defeat the enemy and overcome the power of the grave.
On a lesser scale, I can remember a time when I wanted to give up. I had lost my job, could not find a new job, had vehicles breaking down, bills that needed to get paid, taking classes to get a new job but failing each test, and struggling to keep a new job because I had trials going on while I was starting over again. All of these things happened in an 18 month period of time for my wife and me. It could have been easier to give up and allow myself to just settle for what life was giving us. But I know that I was one moment away from victory. I was another moment closer to overcoming. I had to keep pressing into what God wanted for our lives.
When you want to give up just remember, you are one moment closer to your miracle! You are a moment closer to receiving all that you need! You are another moment closer to seeing that wayward child come home! You are one moment closer to seeing the healing of a loved one! You are one moment closer to seeing breakthrough! Don’t give up – keep pressing in!