In boxing, when the boxer is getting beat up pretty bad and his corner believes that the fight needs to be stopped before someone gets seriously hurt, they can do what is referred to as “throwing in the towel.” You probably know this. Maybe because you’ve seen it happen at a boxing event or maybe in Rocky 4. Anyway you slice it, this is a symbol of giving up. This is a sign that you quit. This is an act of defeat.
The interesting thing about this is that “throwing in the towel” signifies that the corner has given up on the boxer. The boxer might have something still left in the tank, he might have some fight left in him, he thinks that he can keep on going; but the guys that are supposed to have got his back have quit on him.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever felt like everyone has given up on you? I have. I have been there when it seemed like no one believed in me. No one thought that I could do it. It hurts. Even more so when its close friends and family. The people who you thought would never “throw in the towel” on you. The people who you thought would never turn their backs on you. The people who you thought were your “ride or die.” Your “bad boys for life.”
Job found himself in this same place. Everything in his life had fallen apart. He lost his servants, livestock, possessions, and even his children. He is at the end of his rope and the people who are the closest to him turn their back on him. They “throw in the towel.” This is what they say to Job:
Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die. (Job 2:9 ESV)
Pretty harsh words. I think they had given up on Job. They had quit on him. So what do you do when you find yourself in this situation?
Even though Job had lost everything and those closest to him lost all hope, I believe what kept Job going in this time was that he knew that God had not given up on him. Job might have lost everything, but he still had his faith in God. Everyone else may have lost hope, but Job still had his hope in God. Job never gave up on the God who had never given up on him.
So if you find yourself in this same place or when you find yourself in this situation remember to not give up on God because He hasn’t given up on you. Everyone else may have thrown in the towel but Jesus has not quit on you. Even when you don’t believe in yourself, Jesus still believes in you.