Keep Going

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13, Holman Christian Standard Bible.

In reading through the life of David, we learn in 1 Samuel 30 how David and his 600 men lived amongst the Philistines. They had settled their wives and children in the town of Ziklag. They were away for seven years, running from Saul and living with the Philistines. They are exhausted when they come back to Ziklag, to their homes and families. Mentally and physically. And they return to find the rug pulled out from beneath them. Another nation has raided the town, burned it to the ground, and taken everything (women, children, their possessions, everything). Isn’t that just like Satan?! If he can’t discourage you or make you forget who you are in Jesus, he will run you ragged and then pull the rug out from underneath you.

And so David and his men, exhausted to their bones, weep until no tears are left to cry. I’ve been there a time or two. Then the men look for someone to blame and, naturally, turn against David. But David consults God; he remembers His faithfulness and asks God what to do. And God’s answer? Go after them. Get up and move. It’s through this movement, tired and just running ragged, that when we push through, we can have the biggest breakthroughs sometimes. So David takes his men, and they set out. Two hundred of them give up. They cannot make it another step further. David and the other 400 push on, and they are able to recover not only their family and the treasures that were rightfully theirs but even more than they thought!

When you come to God in your exhaustion, crying until there are no tears left to cry, and you seek His guidance and wisdom in the situation, sometimes He tells you to get up and move. It’s probably the last thing you want to do, but if you can push through just a little more, just a little longer, if you can just focus on doing the next right thing and taking that next right step, sometimes the spoils are so much that there are leftovers.

The spoils are yours to fill you with faith, hope, and love, but those leftovers are for everyone else. Those leftovers that overflow you spill onto everyone around you, and you become a blessing to others. From the overflow comes the filling of someone else’s cup and someone else’s blessing.

Prayer: Father God, help me keep going and take the next right step. Through the tears and exhaustion, through the hopeless feelings and grief, help me keep going, Father. You have spoils for me just around the corner, waiting to fill me and bless someone else. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Allison McKenna Bland, DOTK Writing Community

17 thoughts on “Keep Going”

  1. Thank you for this powerful word of encouragement. It’s right on time like you couldn’t imagine.
    💖🙏🏾Blessings Allison

  2. Thank you Father God for ministry to my heart, take me into your wisdom, and then you enjoy, and your happiness and peace in the overflow of your love and blessings to someone else that you brought to me of your love, and your protection that you are the provider for my life and their life and the healing in the process of our tears that you will wipe away and give us joy in the spoils for me and the wisdom just around the corners my God speak to my mind and my heart take me in the next right step in Jesus name Amen🙏🏾🙌🏾

  3. Thank you Sister Allison 👏🏾
    An awesome word from an awesome God.
    I’m Moving On 🎶🎶

  4. Wow ✨️
    This is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL all at the same time 👏
    GOD has spoken, and His word is confirmed over my life. I say AMEN 🙏
    I believe, receive, agree, accept, align and will act on this WORD 💯

  5. 🙌🙌🙌Father, I will “Keep Going!” You always know what and when we Your children need an encouraging word and boost! Indeed as God bless me, I will bless them! I love You, Lord, because You first loved me!!!🛐🛐🛐❤️❤️❤️

    Sister Allison McKenna Bland, DOTK Writing Community, May God continue to bless you to bless us. Thank you.💞🌷💞

  6. Wow, praise God. I was at work and was feeling so depressed and just wanted to die. I am so glad I read this on my break. My heart hurts but I will keep going.

  7. God brought the verse Romans 15:13 back to me….soon after my husband died in March a friend asked God what she could buy to help me. She found this verse on a cross and I keep it on a special kitchen counter and almost daily I go over there to read the verse and recite it in first person. So I had to laugh out loud this morning when I saw Rom 15:13 at the top. Thank you God! I am pushing through sorting to find what to keep, give away or trash. I am so close to being able to move, Glory to God He is my strength and righteousness !

  8. Thank you Lord and thank you Allison. I needed the encouragement from this devotion today! Just a sweet and soft reminder to “Keep Going” and push through the rough times cause the blessings are around the corner.

  9. Thank you so much for this timely encouraging devotional. It speaks to my heart. Blessings, Shalom and Agape 👀🙏🏽❤️📖🙌🏽

    1. soooooo
      blessed by this very timely Word and answer
      thank you for letting God use you, love you

  10. Praise the Lord!!! This blessed me to the core of my soul. Lord, I thank You so much. I will keep going!

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