– Woodrow Kroll
He is Faithful to His Word
In the very last letter of the Apostle Paul’s life, he wrote, “I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” (2nd Tim 1:12) and in glorifying God, Jude wrote: “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy” (Jude 1:24). God is faithful to His Word and Paul knew that nothing at all could separate him from God (Rom 8:38-39), no, not even death.
You’ve been bought with a Price
Speaking of all Christians everywhere and in all time, Paul tells us that “you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1st Cor 6:20) and since “You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men” (1st Cor 7:23). Jesus shed His blood for us so do you think He made a mistake in saving us? No, Jesus as God is perfect in every way, so don’t give up on God because He never gave up on us, even willing to go to the cross and die for us.
Never give up on Him
What does it look like when you give up on God? You stop praying, you stop reading your Bible. You stop worshiping and fellowshipping with the church, and you become isolated. That’s makes you more vulnerable to the enemy who is roaming around like a lion, seeking whom he may devour (1st Pet 5:8). There truly is safety in numbers but more than that, there’s safety under the care of the Good Shepherd Who Himself protects those of His fold. It’s not good to be outside the fold. It’s a bit dangerous out there.
Whenever you feel like giving up on God, think about your eternity, when you will finally see God, face to face (Rev 21:3, 22:4) and enter into the New Jerusalem. By then, Romans 8:18 will make a lot more sense, which says “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”