I Want to Quit
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
The Hebrew Christians were scared and weary. They had started their walk with Jesus filled with hope and a passion for reflecting His compassion to one another. Their faith compelled them to offer practical help to one another. They visited those imprisoned for their faith and shared their goods and money with those impacted by the loss of their jobs and families. But persecution was getting closer and people were dying because of their trust in Jesus. Some of their most trusted friends had left their little church so the base for offering help and hope grew smaller and weaker. They were tired and scared.
Can you relate? Has God placed a broken friend in your life whose needs overwhelm you? Is your teenager getting on your last nerve? What about that prodigal child? Are his or her life choices so foreign to you that interacting with them doesn’t feel right? Are you frightened because you don’t know how to help? Or are you weary because your help doesn’t seem to change anything – you can’t fix your broken friend, your child rejects your love and your co-worker continues to struggle with depression?
What does this Scripture say to you? Encouragement is not an option, something we do when we feel good or will receive high praise and attention because we’re so thoughtful. Encouragement is a command for every child of God. That is good news when we feel inadequate, because God equips us for what He calls us to do. And remember, you are not the fixer. You are called to interact with people in a way that helps turn their hearts toward Jesus. God is the fixer. See yourself as partnering with Him in His plans for the one you are burdened to encourage. Read Today’s Treasure again, with that inadequacy in mind. God always equips us for our calling, and one way we experience His equipping is recognizing that we are helpless without Him. He is our refuge. Trust in Him.
Father, we want to run away when the pain brings such devastation, when our child rejects You and our love, when a friend is drowning in depression. But You call us to run toward the pain. We trust that You will direct our steps as we bring these enormous needs to you. Be specific, Lord. Show us how to help turn hearts toward Your dear Son, Jesus.