“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
When We Are Tempted to Quit
(Please read Galatians 6:9-10)
“Quit” is a negative word, and you may feel that such a subject is not the positive, inspirational type of study that would be most appropriate at this moment. But if quitting is negative, our efforts to avoid it are positive; so we really are in a positive mood as we study this subject.
The decision to quit serving the Lord is hardly ever a group decision; it usually involves an individual who is torn by temptation. With that in mind, our suggestions might be summarized this way: think, get help fast, and resolve to overcome the temptation.
A person owes it to himself or herself to, at the very least, consider the reasons for being tempted to drop out and the consequences of whichever decision is finally made. Perhaps he’s just tired, or feels ineffective, or is discouraged because “there aren’t enough of us to make any difference in the world,” or wanting to enjoy things he’s sure God would not approve of, or . . . on and on.
Christians have a great, “built in” support system, though. No one should drop out without seeking help – divine help and human help. Assistance is available, you know, from the scriptures, from the Lord and from other Christians. Read such beautiful passages as Romans 8:28, 35, and 38-39, and Philippians 4:4-9 (or indeed the whole letter to the Philippians). Confide in trusted Christian friends, and together seek help from heaven.
Perhaps you can reassure some wavering Christian you know. A few kind words may be just what that friend needs. Do it today; you’ll be glad you did.