Endure With Great Hope

by Lee Buford on July 20, 2012

Endurance is extremely valuable in most any pursuit. Most endeavors require the ability to stay the course for an extended period of time, usually a much longer period of time than we’d prefer. Enduring is challenging, uncomfortable and, in most cases, downright painful.

But endurance is necessary…a requirement for finishing any lengthy race worth running. Distance runners know this. So do those who’ve spent the majority of a lifetime toiling for a cause or a worthy profession. For the follower Christ, the ultimate race must be run with perseverance, enduring to the end and the realization of the inheritance promised to those called according to His purpose.

It’s not easy; but it is critical. The Bible teaches a lot about endurance, urging believers to embrace the race with the confidence that God’s strength, grace, and faithfulness will provide the fuel necessary to finish. A few examples:

  • By your endurance you will gain your lives. – Luke 21:19
  • We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance – Romans 5:3
  • Endurance produces character, and character produces hope – Romans 5:4
  • For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. – Romans 15:4
  • May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, – Colossians 1:11
  • For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. – Hebrews 10:36
  • Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, – Hebrews 12:1

The examples are many, and in order to endure we must remember the source of our endurance, especially during the times when it seems so impossible to do so. In Lamentations we see, in the midst of one man’s trials and tribulations, that our source of endurance and ability to persevere lies in the faithfulness of God himself. The seemingly defeated man acknowledges, “I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the LORD” (3:17-18). He then follows, in verses 21-24, with the following:

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Endure with great confidence in the source of all endurance. Great is His faithfulness.

 

 

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