Endurance versus Giving Up
“Heroism is endurance for one moment more.” -George F. Kennan
“We are judged by what we finish, not by what we start” – Anonymous
“Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love still stands when all else has fallen.”
“If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.” –
1. the act or power of withstanding hardship or stress
2. the state or fact of persevering
3. continuing existence; duration
Synonyms for Endurance: continuing, forbearance, grit, fortitude, perseverance, tenacity
Antonyms for Endurance: fluctuation, inconstancy, instability, irregularity, unsteadiness
What the Bible says about Endurance:
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope
Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
2 Cor 6:4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,
James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Galations 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Examples from the Bible:
James 5:10 -11 “As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.”
the Israelites in the Wilderness: had to trust and rely on God’s guidance and provision alone through the hardships of vagabond living
Paul: had to endure prison, shipwrecks, long and very difficult traveling, a ” thorn in the flesh”
Joseph: had to endure abandonment, slavery, false accusations, and prison
The Example of Jesus to Us:
Hebrews 12:2 for the joy that was set before Him, Jesus endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
John 19:30 “It is finished.”
Personal Thoughts and Application:
Enduring anything difficult requires a source of strength, and energy. Who or what is your source? For the Christian, our source should be God, and perhaps that is why he says enduring is so important to becoming a mature Christian. Having to endure something difficult demands that we tap into a source. If we tap into worldly sources, we will find that the well runs dry. If we depend on our own resources, we realize that we are human and humanly limited. There is no cape to go behind the couch and put on that gives us super powers, and there is no magic wand or fairy dust to sprinkle that changes our circumstances or makes our troubles disappear. To endure, we must realize that we must depend totally on God…not just for him to change the circumstances, but for Him to change us so that we can deal with and persevere through our circumstances. It involves a deepening trust that even though we don’t understand why we are given a trial to endure, that there is a purpose and that God will go with us through that trial. As my Gran used to say with her Bear Hunt story….I can’t go over it, I can’t go under it, I can’t go around it….I must go through it….and the Christian can add….with God as my Source!!!!!
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