"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces peseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." Romans 5:3-4
One writer noted the following about Lincoln:
"When Abraham Lincoln was a young man, he ran for legislature in Illinois, and was badly swamped. He next entered business, failed, and spent seventeen years of his life paying up the debts of a worthless partner. He was in love with a beautiful young woman to whom he became engaged, then she died. Later, he married a woman who was a constant burden to him. Entering politics again, he ran for Congress, and again was badly defeated. He then tried to get an appointment in the United States Land Office, but failed. He became a candidate for the United States Senate, and was badly defeated. In 1856, he became a candidate for the Vice Presidency and was once more defeated. In 1856, he was defeated by Douglass. One failure after another, bad failures, great setbacks. In the face of all of this, he eventually became one of the greatest men in America, whose memory is honored throughout the world. When you contemplate the effect of a series of setbacks like this, doesn't it make you feel rather small to become discouraged?"
Ever stopped just short of the goal? Quit a class only to discover later that you had a higher grade going than you thought? Quit a job only to learn you were on the fast track for promotion? It makes us feel silly when we do that, but it's not hard to want to quit.
As Abraham Lincoln was rewarded for his perseverance, so God will one day reward His children for faithfully following Him.
Are you discouraged in your efforts to influence your family spiritually? Keep at it. They might be on the verge of turning it around. Are you weary from going it alone in your ministry? Don't give up. God can send others to lift the load. Are you fatigued from waging battle against the enemy each day? Keep fighting. The battle has already been won in Christ.
Pray for endurance.
Do not quit.
Ask God for strength to fight the battle. It will soon be over and you will be crowned the victor if you faithfully endure.
Faith is the Victory
To him that overcomes the foe, white raiment shall be giv'n
Before the angels he shall know his name confessed in heav'n
Then onward from the hills of light, our hearts with love aflame
We'll vanquish all the hosts of night, in Jesus' conqu'ring Name.
Faith is the victory, faith is the victory
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world
Posted on Thu, December 15, 2011
by Sam Petitfils