GOD HAS NOT GIVEN UP ON ANYONE

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JULY 03, 2024

TOPIC: GOD HAS NOT GIVEN UP ON ANYONE

BY T. O. BANSO

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:4-7 New King James Version).

God has never given up on anybody no matter how deep he has fallen into sin. “But where sin increased, [God’s remarkable, gracious gift of] grace [His unmerited favor] has surpassed it and increased all the more” (Romans 5:20b Amplified Bible). 

In John 4, Jesus met a Samaritan woman who had a complicated marital experience; she had moved from one husband to another. When Jesus met her at the well of Jacob and while talking with her told her to go and call her husband, she replied that she didn’t have a husband. We don’t know why she denied having a husband. Maybe she was ashamed of herself. Jesus told her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly” (verses 17-18 New King James Version). The Bible does not tell us why the woman had five husbands in the past and the sixth man she was living with was not her husband. While some interpreters suggest that she led an immoral life, others argue that there is nothing in the passage that shows that she was morally loose, as Jesus did not tell her to repent or go and sin no more.

Jesus, a stranger and Jew, had earlier asked the woman for a drink but she replied that Samaritans were never associated with Jews. The Jews treated the Samaritans with contempt. Jews would not use the same things with Samaritans; a despise flowing from the history of the people called Samaritans. However, her response to Jesus’ disclosure of her marital history was that Jesus was a prophet.

This woman became an ‘evangelist’ after Jesus’ conversation with her. She ran to town and told the people to come and see a man who told her everything she ever did and asked if He could be the Messiah. “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all that I ever did’” (John 4:39 New King James Version). If the phrase “He told me all that I ever did” refers to his past immoral life, that woman would never be the same again after her encounter with Jesus. She would have begun a new life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 New King James Version). God did not disqualify this Samaritan woman because of her past whether she was immoral or not. He didn’t give up on her. God used her to open the door of her city to Jesus Christ to preach the gospel despite having had five husbands and the one she was living with was not her husband.

God didn’t give up on man after Adam and Eve sinned. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save humanity (John 3:16). Jesus didn’t give up on Peter after he denied Him and went back to fishing, his former trade. Jesus went to reinstate him into the ministry (John 21:15-19).

Have you been living in sin? Whatever your past or present is, God loves you. Notwithstanding how deep you may have sunk into sin, God has not given up on you. Jesus Christ died to save you, and God has a purpose for your life. He will not condemn or reject you if you come to Him today. Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37 New King James Version).

Probably you gave your life to Jesus in the past, but you have turned your back on Him. God has not given up on you. He wants you to return to Him. You may be unfaithful, but God remains faithful (2 Timothy 2:13). To demonstrate Israel’s unfaithfulness and His love for the Israelites, His covenant people, God told the Prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute, Gomer. “When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, ‘Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.’ So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son” (Hosea 1:2-3 New International Version).

However, Gomer was unfaithful and went after her lovers, after having three children for Hosea. Nevertheless, God told Hosea to go after her and bring her back as his wife. “The Lord said to me, ‘Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.’ So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.  Then I told her, ‘You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you’” (Hosea 3:1-3 New International Version).

Hosea didn’t give up on Gomer; he did as God said. He went to buy back his wife. Hosea was a symbolic representation of God while Gomer depicted the unfaithful children of Israel. God does not give up on any backslider or sinner. No matter how badly you have lived, don’t run away from God. He loves you. Come to Him today. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 New King James Version).

In John 8, Jesus didn’t say the woman caught in adultery should be stoned to death as her accusers, the scribes and Pharisees, had wanted, referring to the Law of Moses. Jesus told them that anyone without sin among them should be the first to throw a stone at her. They all went away, one after the other, leaving the woman alone with Jesus because they were all sinners. “When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more’” (John 8:10-11 New King James Version). God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. God has not given up on anyone.

The prodigal son’s father, who symbolizes God, did not give up on the prodigal son. He eagerly looked forward to his return. He welcomed him back and threw a party for him when he came to his senses, returned home, and admitted his sin. “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry” (Luke 15:22-24 New King James Version).

If you have not given your life to Jesus, come to Him today before it is too late. Give your life to Him; invite Him into your heart. You must be born again! (John 3:3, 7). If you have backslidden or wandered away, return to Jesus now. God will forgive you and receive you back to Himself. He has not given up on you. Jesus said, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:4-7 New King James Version).

God has not given up on anyone. Satan hasn’t either. Stay with God. Keep yourself in God’s love for you, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ in His mercy to give you eternal life (Jude 21).

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. Take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, convict all sinners of their sins and let them repent and respond to God’s love; help them to accept Jesus into their lives. All backsliders shall come to their senses and return to Jesus in Jesus’ name.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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