When You feel Like Giving Up!
(Zechariah 8:9) I am the LORD All-Powerful! So don't give up. Think about the message my prophets spoke when the foundation of my temple was laid.
There comes a time in all of our lives that we feel like just throwing up our hands in despair and giving up. Sometimes things can just seem to get out of our control and be spinning downward with no hope in site. IT is because of our lack of vision that we do not see the hop which is always present. Godís message for you to is a simple one but one which must be strongly made. DONĒT GIVE UP!
Donít give up on your family. Donít give up on your friends. Donít give up on your church. Donít give up on your finances. Donít give up on your health. Donít give up on yourself. Donít give up on God!
I donít want to even let you think that I know what you are going through. Because the truth is nobody can know exactly how you feel. Yes, others may have gone through similar situations but no-one can see it through your eyes. The best we can do is to suggest that you look for the light at the end of the tunnel.
I have had people describe their depression to me as a heavy dark weight coming down upon them with no light in sight. There seems to be no relief, no way out. Darkness and fear and not knowing what is going to happen next. All of their expectations are the worse. Hopelessness, and loneliness and despair are their only emotions.
We are here to tell you today that there his hope. There are people who care about you and love you. There is a God, All Powerful who can, and will make a way were there does not seem to be a way.
I want us to stop for just this one moment from looking at our own lives and take a look back in history to the rebuilding of the second temple in Jerusalem. There are basically three prophets during this time. Daniel, Haggai and Zechariah. In this 8th Chapter that we opened up with it is 15 years after the proclamation to build the temple. Of those 15 years the actual building of the temple has only taken place in the last two years. So you can imagine the discouragement that the nation was facing.
So basically you have these two prophets that are trying to encourage the people to keep working on the building of the temple. The first prophet Haggai is sometimes known as the ďNagging Prophet.Ē
Now, I know that we all have listened to some nagging in our lives. And I will testify that without some good old nagging I would never have accomplished half of what I have in my life. So nagging is good to a point but there has to be a better way.
Thankfully in the Bible we only have two chapters of Haggaiís nagging and then we have 14 chapters of Zachariahís encouragement. There is one thing that both prophets point out and that is right about at this time that we are focusing on today.
(Hag. 2:10) In the twenty fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying, (Hag. 2:15) And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the Temple of the Lord: (Hag. 2:18) Consider now from this day and upward, from the twenty fourth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord's Temple was laid, consider it.
(Hag. 2:19) Is the seed yet in the barn? [No! not yet] yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, have not brought forth: [But] from this day will I bless you.
Haggai tells of how for the last thirteen years Godís hand has been withheld form the building of the temple. But now there is a new day coming.
Then two months later in Zachariah:
(Zec. 1:7) Upon the twenty fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the Lord unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet.
The next mark in time is two years later:
(Zec. 7:1) And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the Lord came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu.
There came a turning point
There has to come a tuning point in your life. There has to be a time when you say enough is enough. There has to come a time when you give up and let God take over.
My first statement was ďWhen you Feel Like Giving Up.Ē Well the answer is to not give up to defeat but to give up defeat to the victory of the LORD. The battle is the LORDís.
(Zec 4:6) Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
There is a great day coming. Mixed in with this message of encouragement for the building of the temple is the vision of the coming messiah. It is here in Zachariah that we discover Jesus coming again in glory standing upon Mount of Olives.
When you feel like giving up realize that the battle has already been won. When you feel like giving up realize that the worst is behind you and the best is yet to to come. When you feel like giving up know that God loves you so much that he gave his only begotten son. When you feel like giving up get up and run. Run the race like the champion you were created to be. Donít let the enemyís lies keep you down and out you are a child of the king. When you feel like giving up know that you are on the brink, on the brink of a breakthrough. When you feel like giving up know that you are even right now on the brink of victory, on the brink of a miracle.
When you feel like giving up, rest in the arms of the one who holds up the heavens.
When you feel like giving up, get up and let the glory of the LORD shine upon you. Let the shekniah glory fill you with the fullness of the Lord.
When you feel like giving up stand up, one more time. Stand up, stand up for Jesus.
(Romans 8:28) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.