I posted this on our Facebook page this morning, and I wanted to share it with those of you who are not on Facebook as well.
Word of the day: endurance!
Definition: the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially: the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity. From Merriam-Webster.com.
In the effective prayer post yesterday, I talked about praying for and encouraging the “strong” Christians. These are the people who are like rocks—strong, undaunted and seemingly unbreakable—but they are not unbreakable.
Today, I read this passage in Hebrews:
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
Hebrews 10.35-39, ESV, emphasis mine
You might be under great duress. You may be discouraged and frustrated with all the apathy towards God and His truth. I know that I am.
If you are overseas and under persecution, my prayers are with you. Don’t give up. Have courage: the reward is far greater than the suffering.
Press on, my friends. Press on to know the Lord. Press on towards the goal which is an eternity of knowing God as He knows us. I look forward to that day.
This is a hard race. Pace yourself and run through the pain.
If you haven’t sent a card or email or text of encouragement to the person you are praying for, you might want to include this passage from Hebrews.