Stepping Heavenward

2006-10-13

God Never Gives Up


During the summer a friend of mine loaned me a taped sermon on Jonah. I hadn't actually taken much time to study the book of Jonah before this, but through taking a closer look at it I have discovered how God refuses to give up on us. No matter who we are, or what we do, God never throws us in the "too hard basket", instead He will keep persuing us.

"Now the word of God came to Jonah...but Jonah arose to flee to Tarshis, from the presence of God."

I know that if that had happened to me, I probably would have completely given up and gone in search for somebody better for the job. But God didn't let Jonah disapear. He didn't go in search of another braver, better, or stronger man to take Jonah's place. God chased Jonah, determined to use him dispite all his faults. All of Jonah's weaknesses and inadiquences did not cause God to give up on him.

"So Jonah arose and went to Ninevah, according to the word of God...and the people of Ninevah belived God." (3:3a, 5a)

There are times in our lives when we feel broken and useless, or we feel that our failures are too great for God to be able to work in us, but the Lord redeems those past hurts and failures and uses them to HIS glory. In fact, it is when we are in these circumstances that God gets the opportunity to shine brighter, and display his work and power in our lives.

God's plan for our lives is not limited by our weaknesses, frailties, or limitations. He works even in our weaknesses, and is the God of second chances. (And third, and fourth, and fifth, etc!)

"The Lord upholds all who fall
And raises all who are bowed down.
The Lord is near to all those who call on Him
In truth." Psalm 145:14, 18

"Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's amazing grace. And your best days are never so good that you're beyond the need of His help."

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