Elephants are considered the strongest animal. They can carry approximately 20,000 pounds. So have you ever wondered why they can't unloose themselves from a small stake? When elephants are babies, they are tied with a rope to a large post in the ground. They tug and tug to get free, but are restricted. That's why, when we see a large adult elephant, tied by a rope to a stake in the ground they will not try to loose themselves. As they grow up and get stronger, they still believe the rope will hold them. Thus they give up.
It's so easy to give up. Waiting for something to happen or change when the delay is lengthy, enforces the belief it's never going to happen. The desire to quit can be quite pressing, if you've longed for something a great while. Getting tired and the expectation waning causes one to be convinced there's no hope of a promised conclusion. Just like the elephant, we stop believing for breakthrough and resign our faith.
Remaining steady and intent may be difficult, but not out of the question! 1 Cor. 15:58 says, "Therefore my brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." Faith is what pleases God. To stay in faith we must encourage ourself. After all we are with ourself more than anyone else. The possibility for others to stir us up is highly doubtful. They will probably tell us we might as well give up, because we've been waiting "forever", and if it was going to happen, it would have by now. When Paul wrote the Corinthians this letter, he was trying to stimulate their faith to have an unshakable attitude. The perspective that it doesn't matter how prolonged the situation, belief will not falter. It's like taking a glass and super gluing it to a table, so that when the table is shaken, it will not fall over. One could pick the table up and hold it upside down and the glass will not be moved! That's the type of attitude we need when believing God. Convinced to the point that whatever tries to rattle us, mentally or physically, we continue to be anchored to the Word of God and His promise.
Paul again wrote in Philippians, to "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:6-7) Persistent thankful prayer to God, helps activate faith, by expressing we believe we have already received the request. Therefore bringing God's peace that exceeds anything our heart or mind can produce. Because when we believe we are in possession of faiths end, there is perfect peace, and joy abounds!
We encourage you to stay super glued to the promise to which you are believing! Don't give up! With all your might grab onto faith and know that you will receive if you do not quit! Resolve to hang on like you've never done before. Keep tugging on that rope - eventually the stake will loosen and you will walk in victory!! Greater is He that's IN you than he that's in the world! Like Paul says, "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave and be strong." (1 Cor. 16:13)
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."