Do You Feel Like Quitting?
You ever feel like you want to quit? Feel like you cannot go on any further? Sometimes life can get that way. It may be work, school, your marriage, finances, church, the Christian life, ministry or some other area of your life. Sometimes things just become too much and you just want to walk away from the responsibility of it all and say I quit.. I’m done! Can I say that you are not alone. I have felt like quitting many times before.
Ephesians 6:10-13 tell us why life is so hard and what we should do about it.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
We face a real enemy. We are wrestling, (struggling and fighting) against a powerful force. Satan and his kingdom are real and against you at this very moment. He desires to kill, steal, and destroy your life and influence. He walks about as a lion seeking whom he may devour.
Paul urges us to take unto us the whole armor of God. He cries out just as a parent would to a child that wanders into a busy street…take the whole armor of God and put it on!!! Why? So that you and I may be able to withstand in the evil day, having done all to stand. This phrase “having done all to stand” means to carry out a task until it is finished no matter what adversity strikes! A story that illustrates this so well is the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
Dereck Redmond is favored to win the 400meter race. The pistol fires and off the runners go. These runners are flying. As they round the first turn, Dereck Redmond instantly begins to limp. He grabs the back of his thigh. He has torn his hamstring. You can see the intense pain and agony that he is in. He continues limping along in shear pain. Out of the stands runs a man. He pushes off security to reach Dereck. It is his father. His father tells him that he does not have to go on. You know Dreck wants to quit, but He tells his father he must finish. So Dereck and his father, helping him along, make their way to the finish line. Just before the line his father walks away and allows Dereck to cross over to finish the race.
You see life can hurt at times just like this injury. The Christian life is a battlefield. It can make you want to stop and quit. We have a real enemy and we are engaged into a real battle. There will be injuries. Whatever you are going though right now may hurt physically, emotionally, spiritually, or financially. It may seem just too much to bear and continue on with. God never said this life would be easy, but he has promised never to leave or forsake us. Just like Dereck needed help to make it to the end, you and I do too. Just as Dereck’s father came to his side and helped carry him to the end, so will our Father. God will never leave or forsake you.
We find our strength not to quit in verse ten. Our strength is found in our relationship with the Lord. The amount of our strength lies in the depth of our relationship with the Lord. We are helpless against Satan and His kingdom. We are strong in the power of His might. I cannot make the circumstances any better at this moment. Just as Paul, I can try to encourage you to keep on and not to quit! Find strength for the battle by seeking the Lord and His Word.
“Having done all to stand” means not quitting even though everything in you wants to quit. It means you are willing to give all and die on the battlefield. May you and I be able to say with Paul, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”