"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He had promised."  Hebrews 10:36

Just two days before Columbus sighted land, his men were on the verge of mutiny.  They had sailed the longest voyage ever out of the sight of land and wanted to turn back.  The entry in Columbus' Journal on October 10, 1492, stated this:

"Here the people could stand it no longer and complained of the long voyage, but the Admiral cheered them as best he could, holding out good hope of the advantages they would have.  He added that it was useless to complain.  He had come to the Indies, and so had to continue until he found them, with the help of our Lord."  Two days later, he discovered America.

Sometimes we miss a blessing just before God is prepared to give it.  It's easy to quit, become discouraged, and pick up our ball and go home.  Imagine where we would be if Jesus quit.

This verse says that perseverance is something we need.  Once we have passed through the fire, we feel great that we made it through, and even look forward to bigger challenges.  And what gets us through?  Nothing but the grace of Jesus.

Columbus may have given in to the complaints of his mates, but instead he travelled on, keeping his eye on the prize.  Of course we look to a different prize, a heavenly one!

It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus!

It Will Be Worth It All

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus

Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ

One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase

So bravely run the race till we see Christ

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