Endurance

Dave Jones

"So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me."  Acts 27:25

Pastor Stanley once explained that for runners, the most discouraging moments usually occur about halfway through the race.  They are tired and drained, and the probability of growing even more fatigued is sometimes enough to cause them to quit.

All of us deal with comparable times in our Christian experience.  We begin joyfully at salvation and run with enthusiasm as we learn new Biblical principles and understand more about our relationship with Jesus.  Eventually we experience times where the feelings fade, the blessings seem to dwindle, and our commitment level comes and goes.

It is at these particular moments that our determination and endurance are developed.  For example, we make sure that we read the Scriptures because we know the value of their priority, not because we always gain obvious, immediate benefits.

Our determination to continue comes from the knowledge that God has set the course for us.  Yesterday’s troubles, today’s problems, and tomorrow’s circumstances are all a part of the journey.  Together, they form the course God has chosen for us.  In addition, we run because we know that God will reward us in the end.  There is a finish line.  Our exhaustion and perplexity will be over and we will be in the Lord’s presence forever.

Don’t give up!  When feelings fade, blessings dwindle, and your commitment level begins to fluctuate, remember that the Lord is cultivating the spiritual endurance needed to finish the race and that He will provide the determination to persevere.


Have Faith in God

Have faith in God and trust in Him
Though shadows dark your path be dim
Have faith in God who rules on high
Who tends the spinning worlds that fly
But stoops to hear a sad heart sigh
Or listen to a little baby cry!

Have faith in God, you're not alone,
Remember He will guard His own
Look up beyond to heaven's throne
Have faith, have faith in God!

 

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