Stopping Too Soon

Read 2 Kings 13:1 through 15:12; Luke 22:63 through 23:12

RunnerPeople are success minded. Some study all night hoping for a better grade at school or work harder at their job expecting an increase in salary. Athletes rush a few extra yards striving for the first down, and runners pick up the pace in the final lap to shave a few seconds off the clock. When friends play a board game like Monopoly, they are not thinking about losing. For the most part, people enjoy winning and hate defeat.

Believers should feel the same way about their Christian walk. They may spend additional time praying for success in a certain situation, yet they often quit interceding before their victory is complete. Did God ask them to stop?

The man of God . . . said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times” (2 Kings 13:19).

football rusherA coach would never stop a player on the 3rd yard line, when 3 more yards scores the winning touchdown. Neither will God tell us to stop praying until our triumph is certain. God understands what it takes for a complete victory. Therefore, we should pray until we have assurance that victory is ours.

Thought for Today: What if the enemy’s defeat and your victory are only 3 days away?                                                             —Charles Earl Harrel

God’s Word for Today © 2004 Gospel Publishing House (used by permission)

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2 thoughts on “Stopping Too Soon

  1. Laura

    Love this devotion. I resonate with a phrase from an old movie, “IT CAN HAPPEN!” I am reminded of the Blazer game on Easter Sunday of this year. After our family dinner, we decided to watch the game.They were behind with only a few seconds left in the 4th quarter, and seemingly zero odds of winning (by one point) before the clock ran out. Someone watching the game, left the room because they didn’t want to witness a heartbreaking loss in this pinacle game. I stood to my feet in front of the television and said “It can happen!” At that moment, the Blazer player lobbed a three pointer into the basket for the win. Things may look or feel bleak, but in the midst of such seasons, we must never stop hoping that “IT CAN HAPPEN!” All things are POSSIBLE with God.

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