Often the word “endurance” reminds us of the quality of athletes; particularly runners. It is a quality that is built up over time, through much practice and with the encouragement of a good coach. It is also a quality that is needed and used in many other aspects of life, especially when we are faced with difficulties, unexpected trials, disappointments and sudden changes of life.
There are twenty references in Paul’s writings alone where this word is used. It refers to the “capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances with patience - perseverance.” The reference I am thinking of is this: “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” (Romans 5:3–5).
I was just speaking with someone who is going through a very traumatic experience, causing them to question ‘why God would allow such things to happen to them.’ I suggested that they change the word ‘why’ to ‘what’ — “what is God teaching me?” When we expect God to teach us through our trials and suffering, they become tools in His hands to “produce endurance, and endurance produces character.” You will grow through these experiences. That is His love working in us by the Holy Spirit!
Be careful not to give up just short of reaching the goal!
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