Never Give In!

In my preparation to preach at the Federal Prison this week, I came across Winston Churchill’s speech to the Harrow School in 1941 during some of the darkest days that Great Britain had faced in her long and storied history. One phrase from that speech has been quoted (and misquoted) often during the last seventy years:

Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

While Churchill’s call to duty and sacrifice helped rally that nation to victory during the Second World War, we as Christians are called to duty and sacrifice because of the grace that has been given to us through Christ. Paul commands us to “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Rom. 12:12) No matter what devices the world, the flesh, and the devil may use to tempt us to give up the “fight of faith,” we must not turn our hand away from the plow. God is building His kingdom and will succeed with a high hand, even though from our perspective all may seem lost.

Make the words of the prophet Habakkuk your theme during any dark days that may come your way and trust that God will be faithful to all of His promises:

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,  18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.  19 GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)


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