Don’t Give Up

The famous circus promoter P.T. Barnum said,

“There’s a sucker born every minute.”

And he spent his life proving it.

Maybe YOU feel like you’ve been suckered in life. You don’t want to take another risk. You don’t want to be hurt again.

Corrie ten Boom used to say,

When the train goes through a tunnel and the world gets dark, do you jump out?

Train entering tunnel

Of course not.  You sit still and trust the engineer to get you through.

And maybe that’s what YOU need to do now.

But your wounds are deep! Your disappointments are heavy!

But… remember the story of the Emmaus-bound disciples?

They didn’t realize it, but the Savior they thought was dead was walking right beside them. And as they listened to Him, something happened in their hearts…

From Luke, Chapter 24, Verses 13 through 35:

Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”

Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

And He said to them, “What things?”

So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

And they said to one another,

“Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Maybe you are disappointed like they were. But can you sense the presence of Christ beside you? Inside you?

Whether you can sense it or not, scripture assures us that He is there:

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?

– Psalm 139:7

So don’t give up. Don’t jump out. Be patient. And let God remind you…

1) He’s in control, and

2) He loves you.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.

– Jude 1:24-25

Light at Tunnel's End

[Adapted from “Don’t Give Up”, by Max Lucado]



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