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  August 22, 2014:  Donít quit before the miracle happens.
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  Psalm 30:5 "...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

I apologize to my Alabama readers in advance because I have to tell you I donít care very much about football. My daughter and my husband both love footballómake that Alabama footballóenough to make up for my shameful deficit.

They wouldnít miss an Alabama game regardless of who else is playing, but I donít usually watch the games with them. I made an exception when Alabama played LSU on November 3, 2012. And Iím glad I did because God taught me an important spiritual truth during the last two minutes of that game.

Already ahead 17-14 with less than two minutes remaining, it was a foregone conclusion that LSU was going to win. Then they tried for a field goal that should have ended the game, but they missed. The ball was instead turned over to the Crimson Tide on their own 28 yard line with a minute and 34 seconds left in the game. Alabama then made three perfect passes and scored a touchdown with only seconds remaining in the game.

How in the world did Alabama turn this around? The answer is simple. They refused to quit. They were exhausted, battered and discouraged. And they looked it. One sports announcer said, ďEven their legs look tired.Ē But they did not quit. And Iím glad they didnít, because the story wasnít finished yet.

We canít quit either. No matter how hard the fight, no matter how powerful the opposition, no matter whether we are so exhausted ďeven our legs look tiredĒÖwe canít quit. Our story isnít finished yet, and neither is the story of our prodigal.

God isnít finished with him, and it doesnít matter whether your prodigal has turned against everything you ever taught him about your God. That prodigal is almost certainly not even seeking God, and he doesnít have to because God is seeking him. (
Romans 10:20, Luke 19:10)

We donít need to point out what our prodigal needs to do; thatís not our job. Our job is to stand firm, refuse to quit, and continue to believe God. You can choose faith over fear and say with the psalmist, ďÖfor I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.Ē (
Psalm 42:11)

We canít quit even if it really is the last minute and a half before the miracle happens. No matter how long weíve been fighting, the end of our story may be determined in the last seconds. That truth, perhaps more than any other, is why we canít quit.

Perhaps youíve been walking this hard path for a long time, and youíre exhausted and thinking you canít do it for one more day. But you can; I know you can. And the day is coming when your wilderness journey will be over, and people will say of you, ďWho is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?Ē (
Song of Sol 8:5) Until then, remembering the storyís not finished yet is something we need to hold fast.

Challenge for Today: Can you, just for today, refuse to quit before the miracle happens?
 
 
 
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