Many a good idea has come to the end of its journey prematurely. Many a good men have decided it just isn’t worth the risk or the hard work. Years ago, I followed the American Inventor show pretty closely in its last four segments. I like seeing the underdog, per say, watch his or her dream come true.
I have always shared the opinion that there is nothing new under the sun. God is the Master Creator, and He has given us the ability to draw upon His wisdom and creativity. Technically speaking, to have a creative mind is a gift from God.
The only person I know who has never failed is God. The book of Deuteronomy says, "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the One who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." (Deuteronomy 4: 31)
Zephaniah 3:5 says, “Every morning He brings His justice to light; He does not fail.”
Many years ago at the tender age of sixteen, I decided to believe God at His Word and to follow Him. Does this mean I have lived a perfect, blameless life? No. As I look at myself today, I am grateful that I never gave up on that same passionate desire to serve Him that encompassed me years ago. During many a dry season or time of testing, I’ve been able to hold firm to that which I know. It is one thing to have a plan fail before your very eyes. It is another thing to allow your failing plans to cause you to falter in your faith.
I love the book of Habakkuk. He was a man after God’s own heart. Habakkuk 3:17-18 says, “Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail, and the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The prophet Habakkuk knew what it was like to keep the faith in spite of adversity. He knew what it meant to run the race to the end. He knew the great price, and the great reward that comes to him who never gives up. Habakkuk is a hero. A hero of the faith!
Today, as travel ministering across this land, I continue to meet modern day Habakkuk’s who realize unless they keep pressing through the pain, the problems and the predicaments of life, they will never achieve the victory that lies ahead. Truth is, too many in the church throw in the towel of life right before they see their reward.
Just like a camera lens that remains unfocused and reflects a fuzzy image when taken, the saints in the Body of Christ often become unfocused because of what life has thrown at them. That picture perfect moment where they are crossing the finish line fades into a blurry reminder of their own failures or incapability. Satan’s task is to keep God’s children unfocused, never obtaining the dream or vision that God has given them. He does this through distraction, and weariness.
How can we remain focused? We need to welcome into our circle of influence the Habakkuk’s that God sends our way. I believe if we hang around people who won’t lose focus on the bigger picture, we will be winners too. To be a winner means you refuse to be a quitter. Those who never play the game, never are given an opportunity to win the game; so get in the game of life my friend!
Think where we would be today if people like Moses, Joshua, Elisha, Paul, or even Jesus decided to bag their plans and be quitters. We would never be able to be redeemed. We would never have been able to hear the Good News, and we would never be able to keep the faith. I thank God for the heroes of the faith…those of old and those walking with us today!
by Jane Morin
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Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!