Quitting? Not An Option
William Wilberforce was used of God mightily to end slavery in England and to cause other nations to begin the course toward emancipation in their respective countries. He was strong and passionate in his convictions and served most of his adult life in the fight for the abolition of slave trading. On July 26, 1833, Wilberforce heard of government concessions that guaranteed the passing of the Bill for the Abolition of Slavery. The following day he grew much weaker, and he died early on the morning of July 29 (just three days after he learned that the Abolition of Slavery Bill was to be passed).
Young William Wilberforce was discouraged one night in the early 1790s after another defeat in his long and tiring battle against the slave trade in England. Tired and frustrated, he opened his Bible and began to leaf through it. A small piece of paper fell out and fluttered to the floor. It was a letter written by John Wesley shortly before his death. Wilberforce read it again: “Unless the divine power has raised you up… I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that (abominable practice of slavery), which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? Oh, be not weary of well-doing. Go on in the name of God, and in the power of His might.” (Copied).
The same courage that great men like Wilberforce demonstrated is often manifested by Christians every day. The battles that common men and women fight may not make the news, but the victories they gain in continually defending Godliness, moral uprightness, truth, righteousness, national morality that is sound, and defending their homes and families against every scheme of Satan are no less marvelous.
Many a Christian will never make the news in their lifetime on earth for their valor in defending Biblical and moral truth. But the One who judges all things sees and knows the deeds of His people and He will act in their behalf here on earth and reward them abundantly in Heaven. The faithful are those that will hear the “well done” accolades from our Heavenly Father. And because they were faithful over that which is least, He will make them rulers over much.
Since that is the case, we should never yield our ground to the enemy and we must not quit.
2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV – But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” Joshua 1:9 ESV – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 2 Cor.4:1 ESV – Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.
Hebrews 13:5-6 – Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.