CQ Synapse August 2013

What might the Lord be asking you to do? And what might you have to give up in order to do it?

“Oh! I Give Up!”

By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti, CQ Editor

Have you ever felt like giving up, but just didn’t dare because then your whole world might fall apart? Well, go ahead. Give up, because God gives us permission to do so. In fact, He urges us to do just that in Psalm 46:10, where He says, “ ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ ” (NIV). The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary tells us that the command to “ ‘be still’ ” literally means to “ ‘give up.’ ”1

But why would God tell us to give up? Because the only way He can help us is when we give up thinking we can manage our own lives. Because “we talk too much and listen to little.”2 Because “of our ceaseless busyness.”3

Moses “gave up” 40 years of his life in Midian in order to prepare himself spiritually for leading the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land (Acts 7:29, 39). Paul “gave up” three years of his life in the desert before He became one of the world’s greatest evangelist (Gal. 1:17, 18). When the angel announced to Mary that she would give birth to the Savior, she “gave up” when she answered, “ ‘I am the Lord’s servant. . . . May it be to me as you have said’ ” (Luke 1:38, NIV).

What might the Lord be asking you to do? And what might you have to give up in order to do it? Whatever it might be, just remember that in the middle of whatever dilemma you’re in, God is saying to you, “Give up, and know that I am God!”

Won’t you get to know Him a bit more today?

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1. The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 3, p. 745.
2. Ibid.
3. Ibid.