I recently considered giving up in a situation, but God gave me hope to press on. I had felt frustrated with certain things not working out and wondered if the circumstances would ever change. I finally said out loud, “I have done everything; there is nothing more I can do.” Immediately afterwards, the Holy Spirit impressed on my heart that I can do something more—pray and watch what I say.
All of us face situations in life that can be difficult for long periods of time. Perhaps it’s an extra busy season at work, a hard-to-break habit, or a lingering illness. We may try our best and still not notice any significant improvement.
Sometimes we become weary of doing what we know to do when we don’t see the results we expect. We forget about the miracles God has worked in the past and overlook the progress that is occurring little by little. Our trusting and obeying may give way to doubting, complaining, and making excuses for inactivity.
Even when we feel like there is nothing more we can do, we can still pray and watch what we say. Praying shifts our focus from what we’re doing and seeing to God and what He’s doing that we can’t perceive at the moment. Speaking the right words can increase our faith in God and encourage us to move forward as He directs. Eventually, we will behold God’s promises coming to pass right before our very eyes.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9 (NIV)