Does God Give Up on Us?

William C. Brownson

READ : Psalm 138:1-8

When I was in college, I had great expectations for my life, and was always falling short of them. In my studies, in athletics, in my social life, and especially in my commitment to Christ, I frequently had a deep sense of personal failure.

One night I found a deserted place, and poured out my heart to the Lord. I lamented before him that I was such a failure. After some time, I fell silent. As I did, I had the distinct impression that God was communicating something to me something that took me by surprise. No vision, no voice, but a clear message.

“That’s right, Bill,” I seemed to hear. “You’re a failure, and on your own you always will be. Why keep on telling me about it?”

Something in me gave way. Something in me relaxed. I was a failure, but it was okay. God could still make something out of my life.

Some time after that, this Psalm seemed like music to my ears. It had a prayer for me: “Do not forsake the work of your hands.” That is, “Please, Lord, don’t give up on me.” And it held a promise I can exult in. “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.”


It’s wonderful, Lord, that in spite of who we are and how we fail, you can fulfill your purpose for us. Thank you. Amen.