It seems as if so many of our friends and family are going through such difficult times lately. The book of Job tells us that "Man(kind) that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble." Job 14:1 That certainly seems to be so these days. As I read this devotional from my "In Touch" devotional magazine, I was so encouraged and thought that it might be an encouragement to those struggling and hurting.
The Faith to Endure
From In Touch Magazine
Struggle and heartache are part of the human experience. Who has not walked through valleys that seem hopeless or unending? Even Jesus cried out on the cross, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46). Isn't it true that we sometimes ask the same kind of questions: Where are You, God? Why won't You do something in my life?
I want to encourage you to keep hold-ing on, even in the bleakest hour. When your faith is stretched thin, your strength seems nearly gone, and your dreams have shattered like broken glass, do not give up on the Lord--that would lead only to damaged self-esteem, forfeited blessings, and a strict limit on your usefulness to God. It's also a denial of 1 John 4:4, which teaches, "Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." Abandoning divine help in favor of our own human strength is a rejection of the truth that God is faithful all the time.
The opposite of giving up is not always immediate triumph; sometimes we are called upon to persist until victory. The Lord may want us to bear up under affliction and remain steadfast in the face of temptation. Like Moses, we may be called on to endure, "as seeing Him who is unseen"(Heb. 11:27).
Endurance requires patience and time, so hold your post like a good soldier until the battle is won (2 Tim. 2:3). That means shouldering the burden of evil, affliction, or persecution courageously while trusting that the God who allowed your circumstances will see you through.
Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.
Have a Faith-filled Day,