Never Give Up. Never Surrender!

Galaxy Quest

written by David Scott
(excerpt from Devotions for Guys Who Like Movies)

Joshua 1:5-9 (NIV)
9 Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

“Never give up. Never surrender!” That’s a signature saying of Commander Peter Quincey Taggart (Tim Allen) of the NSEA Protector in Galaxy Quest. The movie takes a look at a group of actors’ lives years after their television series, Galaxy Quest, has been canceled. The series, still in syndication, is picked up in space by a group of real aliens who are in danger of being eliminated by their enemies. The aliens, inspired by the Protector Crew’s courage, teamwork and friendship through adversity, recruit the cast to help. In the end, it’s the “never give up; never surrender” attitude that makes the aliens and the Galaxy Quest cast successful in defeating their enemies.
If you are looking for an inspirational saying to keep you going in tough times consider Joshua 1:9. They had wandered for forty years. Now Joshua and the people of Israel are about to enter the promised land, but before they entered, God shared that challenge with Joshua. God knew what was coming their way. He knew courage and strength were necessities. In Joshua 1:6-9, God tells Joshua three times to “be strong and courageous,” but it is in the ninth verse that God tacks on a promise: “God will be with you wherever you go.” That’s a promise not only for Joshua and Israel – that’s a promise for all of us! The fact that God promises us His presence makes the challenge of being “strong and courageous” do-able. It is in Him that we can find courage, and it is in Him that we find the strength we need to take on whatever may come our way.
“Never give up; never surrender” is a good challenge, but there is no promise associated with it. “Be strong and courageous . . . for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Now that’s a promise to cling to. That’s a promise to claim!

this devotional taken from Devotions for Guys Who Like Movies