Patience and Endurance
Sometimes life brings us very difficult challenges. During these times we are not sure exactly what we are going to do. We can become so frustrated that we can barely think straight, we can’t stop crying, and we can barely breath. We face death of those who we love. We face disappointment by people who we count on and love and trust, primarily family and dearest friends. Life can sometimes be rough, very rough.
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“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.” – Revelation 14:12
How do we get through these extremely difficult times in life? The answer is simple, we turn to God in prayer. We cry out to Him, and we ask for His help. God’s Word never fails. God’s love never fails. We just have to realize that we are the ones who are struggling and let God help us. God’s Word calls us to patient endurance during these times. God calls us to keep His commands and remain faithful during these times.
Patience is the primary challenge that we face. Patience is defined as, “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” In today’s world of immediate answers and gratification due to the Internet and everyone having cell phones, we are used to getting everything immediately. We are used to having everything that we need right at our fingertips. We have 2-day shipping, next day shipping, and now even same day delivery, and in some locations we have 4 hour delivery available. We don’t have to leave someone a message on their home answering machine and wait until they get home at the end of the day to return our call. Or we don’t have to wait a week until they get home from vacation because the only way to reach them is to leave a message and wait. We barely have to wait for anything it seems. In today’s world, patience is a very real struggle.
Endurance is defined as, “the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.” Endurance comes from character. Patience and endurance go together like bread and butter, peas and carrots, salt and pepper. They work together, and go together. When we lack patience, we often lose the ability to endure situations that are not so pleasant and difficult.
So when life gets difficult, when it seems like life is giving us more than we can take, let us lean on God. Let us turn to Him in prayer, and turn to His Word. Let us seek Him first, and all the more. During the most difficult times, we can’t spend enough time in the Word. Sometimes every waking moment in the Word is exactly what we need. We all can admit that we are a little rough around the edges. Life will no doubt beat us down and soften us like crashing waves polish stones on the ocean sand. But the Word of God can do the same, but in a less painful way. It can soften our hearts, and polish away the impurities in all of us. And God can take the heavy burden of every situation, if we only turn it over to Him.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. Let us turn to you in prayer always, at all times and in all situations. Help us to seek you first. Draw us close to you Lord. Let our hearts be for you. Take our burdens Lord, we surrender ourselves fully to you. We trust in you and you alone, the Creator of the universe and everything in it. Thank you for giving us breath and life, and for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to show us the path to eternal life. We are so thankful and grateful for all that you have done, and all that you continue to do. Reveal to us your purpose for us, and help us to live a life worthy of your sacrifice. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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