perseverance

Be still, and know that I am God . . . —Psalm 46:10

“Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered. Our greatest fear is not that we will be damned, but that somehow Jesus Christ will be defeated. Also, our fear is that the very things our Lord stood for— love, justice, forgiveness, and kindness among men— will not win out in the end and will represent an unattainable goal for us. [emphasis mine] Then there is the call to spiritual perseverance. A call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated.

If our hopes seem to be experiencing disappointment right now, it simply means that they are being purified. Every hope or dream of the human mind will be fulfilled if it is noble and of God. But one of the greatest stresses in life is the stress of waiting for God. He brings fulfillment, “because you have kept My command to persevere . . .” (Revelation 3:10).

Continue to persevere spiritually.”

(from: My Utmost for His Highest, 22 Feb 2012.)

Is there a believer amongst us who hasn’t experienced this fear? I know I have. The crippling thought that the very person we believe in will not triumph in the end. That our God is not strong enough. That His love is not big enough. Different from the “Am I a fool for believing?” type of doubting thoughts. But doubting all the same. Seems to me that perseverance and hope go hand in hand. Sometimes it is an effort to believe and to continue following. Especially when it seems like your own faith is dormant or has gone underground. You know it’s there, you know you believe, but you can’t see any growth, or it feels like the lights have gone out and you’re bumbling around in the dark, or you’re travelling along an endless bend in the road and can’t see what’s ahead. Or all of the above. And yet, you know somehow in your gut that it’s all going to be OK. That Jesus is who He says He is, and that His promises are real.

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