Instead of the usual Verse of the Day, here is commentary on The Quote of the Day for March 3, 2017:
“Having strong faith in God strengthens believers and encourages them not to quit.”
My mind immediately turned to Psalm 27 which begins with these words:
Psalm 27:1 (NKJV):
The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?
The Psalmist concludes with these words of encouragement:
Psalm 27:14 (NKJV):
Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait I say on the Lord!
The passage of scripture associated with the Quote of the Day relates to Abraham, called the ‘’Father of Faith” and comes from Romans 4:19-21 (AMP):
19 Without becoming weak in faith he considered his own body, now as good as dead [for producing children] since he was about a hundred years old, and [he considered] the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God, 21 being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.
When confronted with what seemed to be an impossible situation, Abraham did not stagger at the promise of God that he would father an heir of many nations, even though he was “about a hundred years old” and his wife, Sarah, was “well past child-bearing” age. Despite the negative circumstances, Abraham was positive and resolute in believing that God would fulfill His promise. In the same way, we must continue to be steadfast in our faith and never quit trusting in God.
The lines of the familiar poem tell us over and over: “Don’t Quit!” Here is a video adaptation:
We are also encouraged by the lyrics, especially the last stanza, telling us: Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord (I Corinthians 15:58):
Be steadfast, unmovable,
Always abounding in the work of the Lord.
For as much as you that
Your labor’s not in vain in the Lord.
Don’t be discouraged
When mountains block your way.
In times of doubt
He’ll bring you out.
Stand fast, watch and pray.
When problems press you,
Your back’s against the wall,
Cast fear aside.
God’s on your side.
Keep on standing tall.
In the darkest night
God will give you a song.
Never give up.
He’ll fill your cup.
Trust God and be strong.
We close as Alison Southall sings of “Abraham’s Faith,” so described in Romans 4:17-19.