Don’t Give Up!
Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi
Text: Jeremiah 20:7-18? (KJV)
Key Verse: “But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten” (Jeremiah 20:11).
On December 10, 1914, there was a massive explosion in West Orange, New Jersey in USA that engulfed and destroyed Thomas Edison’s entire life’s work. Calmly, Edison told his astonished 24 year-old son, Charles “our entire factory has been burnt to ashes, but all the mistakes we made so far have been burnt with the factory; we will start all over again afresh tomorrow”. He was 67 years old at that time. The next day was a fresh beginning for the inventor and his son.
In the text, Prophet Jeremiah was also in despair, having been mocked, derided, confounded, discouraged and terrorised. His agony almost took the better of him to the extent that he accused God of deceiving him into seemingly difficult and arduous ministry. For a moment, he even decided not to preach or deliver God’s messages again because of the contents and repercussions of the messages. But the Lord never abandoned him. Through divine succour, sustenance, enablement and reassurance, he was able to pull through his travails and continue his ministry successfully.
Sometimes, we go through times we wish never existed! One may go through difficulty where one might wish that one should die! Only a strong desire to fulfil one’s God-given mission will propel one forward. Great people do not cry; they try to rebuild their dreams. They do not give up but live up to the challenges life throws to them. They start all over again with great hope, ardour, determination, zeal and resilience!
Be assured that the Lord will never forsake you, no matter what your travails are. Look beyond the setback and visualise the loving God, who is always close by to succour the courageous.
Thought For The Day: No challenges, no success; know challenges know success.
The Bible In One Year: Romans 10-12