Weekly Devotion

Never Give Up                                                        Patricia Kennedy

This year in BSF we have been studying the people of the promised land. What a wonderful look at the people we have heard about since childhood.  We studied people like David, a man after God’s own heart. There were stories of amazing victories as well as stories of great defeat. King Saul and all of his problems with jealousy and pride. He was a great King and judge but made mistakes. One thing that I learned through these stories was you must never give up  because God is sovereign and He has a plan.

I shared with my ladies that I have a problem with letting go. I will put something at Jesus’ feet and say that I will not worry about it again. But then I think about it and I go back, pick it up and fine tune it. I might even pick it up several times. I have been trying my best to stop doing this.

Psalm 62:8 says “Trust Him at all times, you people; pour out our hearts before Him; God is a refuge for us.” 

So, why do we spend time worrying? God tells us not to spend time worrying about tomorrow.  This isn’t a suggestion, it is a command. Just think about the time we are wasting. We don’t live our lives because we are caught up with worry. 

2 Corinthians 12:9, But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

As we throw off the burdens that weigh us down and put our trust in the Lord, those burdens will be lifted from our shoulders. We have the amazing privilege of bringing our burdens directly into the presence of God. And by continually trusting Him we can experience great joy in all things. 

The last few weeks have been very difficult. But as I was flat on my back in an MRI machine an old hymn came to me. It brought me such peace. Now, as I face surgery and having shots put into my spine, this song comes to my mind again. What peace, joy and comfort come from this song. I will not give up, because I know who holds my hand.

I Know Who Holds the Future Chorus:

I don’t know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from it’s sunshine
For it’s skies may turn to grey.

I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand