How many times do we give up, just because something didn’t go as we expected the first few times? How many times do we throw in the towel, just because ‘it wasn’t like I thought it would be?’:be it a dream, a relationship, a business?
There’s a different lens with which we can look at failure, and undiscovered dreams, at “impossible” achievements- stubborn hope. The excitement you faced the situation with in the beginning, the relationship, the business, the dream shouldn’t be let go, just because the road isn’t as smooth as we hoped.
Stubborn hope, this is the attitude that’s been perfectly depicted in the Bible. Personalities faced impossible odds, even death, but refused to give up, we have something to learn from them:
- Job. This is the story of a wealthy man who was considered blameless According to our logic, such a good man should never face any hardship, right? Tables turn in the moment’s notice. He loses all his children in a fire, all his vast herds of animals that makr up a considerable portion of his wealth. As if this isn’t enough, his health takes a turn for the worst, and he’s covered in itchy sores all over his body. A friend is a blessing and three of his come to console him. While at first they sit by in silence, his friends later try to make sense of Job’s condition, musing that surely he must have done wrong to be in such dire punishment. Job is all alone. His friends are not the comfort we’d expect them to be, and the God he serves is punishing him, though he maintains his innocence. Despite all this negativity surrounding him, Job refuses to stop trusting God. In the midst of his pain, confusion and loneliness, Job still said,
Job 13:15-16 NIV
Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.  Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless person would dare come before him!
- Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego. We encounter them while in bondage. The Israelites have been taken to captivity in Babylon and they are denied even the permission to worship the one true God. At one time, a decree is given, that once the music starts, everyone is to bow down to the idol set forth by Nebuchadnezzar. There are only two choices offered,to either worship the golden idol, or be thrown into a blazing furnace. These three know that they should only bow down to God alone, that obeying the king would be tantamount to idolatry, so they take a stand,
Daniel 3:16-18 NIV
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. ”
What faith this is! Having such a strong foundation in Christ, that nothing that happens in the physical shakes your faith and leads you to doubt the nature of God. Knowing that not everything will work out like you want, but that it all happens for the good of those that love God. This knowledge gives you peace amid the storms of life, makes us hope more, and makes our faith stronger.
We cannot give up, just because the going is tough for a little while. Let the rocky path lead you to trust him more, after all, his power is made perfect in weakness.