Be Strong, Be Well — Tuesday, November 10, 2020
If we were asked to think of words to describe this past year, there would be many. “Perseverance” is an important one. The dictionary defines perseverance as: “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.”
A necessary characteristic for the Christian’s life must include perseverance. Without it we would be shackled with discouragement and hopelessness, unable to move forward.
Following in the steps of Jesus is not easy. God never said it would be. He told us the very opposite (Matthew 10:34-39). The way will be hard at times. Life is full of challenges and setbacks.
Christians are on an uphill climb navigating our way along the strait and narrow path. The devil is always lurking, throwing obstacles in our way (1 Peter 5:8). When things get difficult we are to keep our mind on Christ. “For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls” (Hebrews 12:3).
In the context of putting on the whole armor of God, Paul wrote, “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18). This is the only place the word “perseverance” is used in all of scripture. Maybe there’s a connection specifically applied to soldiers.
For the Christian soldier, giving up is never an option. He or she remains vigilant and persistent in every battle. God’s faithful ones are always persevering regardless of the hardships or difficulties. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:57–58).
This year has been a rough one, and we are approaching the end. However, these circumstances may not change by the end of the calendar year. We continue to pray, hoping better days will come soon. Regardless of the challenge we must persevere. —Chris