In Society it has become easy for people to give up, or to make statements like “I’ll try”. In so many ways we have allowed failure to become an option with our eyes fixed on what is apparent in the physical. Do we actually give God room to work? In the movie 300 their leader speaks to them of Spartan Law where there is “no retreat, no surrender” He goes on to Say “a new age has begun, an age of freedom!” In Micah 7:7 he states ” But me I’m not giving up.” Meaning I am not going to give in to what I see going on around me I am not going to allow it distract me from my faith and confidence in God. He goes on to say I’m sticking around to see what God will do. I won’t allow myself to fall into a state of depression or take short cuts and relying on temporary fixes to my situation but my hope is in God and his permanent solution to my situation. We many times have the tendency to want to control things outside the span of our control, taking matters into our own hands because we felt we waited long enough on God. Normally the thing that is going wrong in our lives didn’t happen overnight and God many times has to orchestrate some things around us to help with a more permanent solution to our circumstances. In not giving up and trusting God we experience a new age of freedom. The more we trust God the more freedom we experience. Yes going back, giving up, resigning to the fact that things won’t get better is easier but it’s not rewarding and as Christians moving forward is the only direction that our spiritual compass is set.
You have heard it said “don’t give up on God, because He never gives up on you.” Wow, if we kept that in mind every time we are ready to throw in the towel on certain events in our lives, would we quit? Are we really trusting God or is it only a novel idea? Here is the final part of this verse, I have to trust that I have a good relationship with God, that my prayer life and my daily walk are in good relationship with God. When this is in order we can say ” I’m counting on God to listen to me.” I am not saying that God is not hearing you, but even in our earthly relationships is it more important for people to hear us or listen to us? I want God to listen! People that actually listen to us are those we have good relationships with. Daily our relationship with God must continue to grow. I don’t want my words to become blah blah blah to Him. I want God to listen because I am waiting on him to make things right! Yes tapping out, retreating and surrendering is easy but where is the reward in that? If we must surrender, if we must retreat let it be into the arms of God not the ways of the world. Bottom line I’m not giving up. I’m sticking around to see what God will do!
” A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.”