(noun)- steady persistence in adhering to a course of action or purpose; steadfastness
- those who have been chosen by God will continue in a state of grace to the end
Why is life so tough sometimes?
Can't we all just breeze through each day with no major interruptions, challenges and disappointments?
Here's the thing:
A life without interruptions means the same monotonous routine, day after day, week after week.
A life without challenges means no one ever questions our choices or holds us accountable.
A life without disappointments means we never have a reason to look up and ask for His help.
All of these situations in life require perseverance.
I love how God never gives us more than we can handle.
He does, however, promise to be there for us in the midst of the daily grind.
Cause that's how it seems sometimes, right?
Like we are being ground up into little bits of ourselves...
You know what I mean:
The baby won't stop crying and the phone rings for the thousandth time.
The kitchen sink is full of dishes and you can't remember the last time you took a shower.
Your husband left and you have no one but the dog at home waiting for you.
Your closest friend moved away and you're too scared to reach out and meet someone new.
Life's tough and there isn't a single one of us that is exempt from hard times.
So we have to make a choice.
To press in to God more than ever before and push past the pain that interruptions, challenges and disappointments can bring.
Because He is faithful.
Romans 8:28 says,
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them."
It's just a realization on our part really:
That He is always in control.
That our lives can NEVER spin out of control cause He has each of us in His ever capable hands.
That He will bring joy out of the pain.
THAT, my dear Beautiful Warriors, is what perseverance is all about.
Taking step after step after step...until you look back and realize you made it through!
It wasn't easy and you had some obstacles to overcome.
But you did it. Because you gave it to HIM.
Verses to encourage you:
Galatians 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 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
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.
You can do it.
You're an over-comer!