“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14 (NKJV)
“He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7 (NKJV)
It takes perseverance to overcome difficulties and accomplish objectives. Setting goals is a great way to attain and accomplish the desires of your heart. Hopefully, you have aligned your will to the purposes of God.
When after listening to God’s voice and choosing to walk on the path He has designed for you, perseverance must be present. No Christian journey is free from adversity. Trials and hardships will require endurance and strength. Thankfully, we can always call upon His strength and wisdom to withstand and prevail any challenge.
Let us consider a few men and woman from the Bible and see how their perseverance paid off. Let’s begin with the story of Noah.
In Genesis 5:6-8 we read how Noah persevered for 100 years, building an arch according to God’s specific instructions. There was no rain at that time on earth, so building something that big that would float must have seemed foolish to his entire community. Even so, through faith, obedience and perseverance Noah accomplished the goal God had set before him. Are you willing to accomplish a task for God that would appear foolish in the eyes of your friends and family? If Noah had not persevered in building the arch, he would most likely have perished in the flood along with his family. The reward for his obedience and perseverance was life.
The mother of Jesus was a virgin when the Holy Spirit came upon her and said she would give birth to the Savior of the world. Mary was betrothed to Joseph at this time and had to explain to him that she remained a virgin even though she was carrying a child. She had to persevere and endure shameful accusations and possible injury. Are you willing to endure shame and injury for the Lord? Could you persevere like Mary?
Esther was courageous and wise. She had to endure the schemes of Haman, the highest official of her husband King Xerxes. Haman’s grudge against Mordecai, her uncle, grew into a plan where her people would be annihilated. She was able to persevere and save the Jews of Persia. If she had not persevered in convincing her husband of Haman’s evil plan, her heritage, community, friends and family would have been wiped out. In fact, by persevering she saved her own life. Are you willing to face intimidating people of position and risk your own life?
Finally, lets consider the apostle John. He is known as the disciple Jesus loved best. His brother James was the first apostle to die and he was the last. It was through endurance that he survived many tortures, including being placed in a cauldron of boiling oil and coming out of it with no injury (See the Tertullian). His endurance allowed him time on the Island of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelations. John learned to look beyond earthly sufferings. He remained steadfast to the very end of his life. Can you do the same?
Think about these men and women in the Bible whenever you feel your trial is too great to endure. There are so many more examples that demonstrate the rewards of endurance and perseverance. Look up the stories of both Ruth and Daniel. They will also help to spur you on in your walk with Christ. May today be full of insight and revelation as you remain steadfast and firm in your calling to love Him above all others.
“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.” Psalm 57:7 (NKJV)
“Although the word perseverance is in the Bible, it usually uses various other words and analogies to explain the concept of perseverance. Some synonyms for perseverance are: diligence, endurance, persistence, steadfastness, waiting and sometimes even patience.”