Paul exhorts us that we need Endurance… the staying power of persistence and steady pressure with our faith that we might not give up or let go.
Hebrews 10:35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
We need Endurance because, see it or not, God is working.
If you have prayed what He showed you to pray, if you have said what He showed you to say, if you have proclaimed what He showed you by the Spirit, He is working. He is working when it doesn’t seem like it. He is working when all the odds speak otherwise. Do not cast away your confidence. BTW Satan is working hard to steal your confidence in God’s word and in your agreement to God’s word.
Endurance speaks of the mental, spiritual and physical toughness of a marathon runner. A sprint runner cannot succeed in a marathon. Paul is saying when we begin on a promise, a prayer or a path in God, approach it like it could be a marathon. If you approach dreams and promises like a marathon you’ll be ready to go the full distance for victory.
After yesterday’s sermon Jack Hartman reminded me of a story from Jim Collin’s oft-referenced masterpiece “From Good to Great“.
James Stockdale – a veteran who survived almost 8 years in a P.O.W. camp was asked if the people who didn’t make it had anything in common, he said this:
“Oh, that’s easy, the optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”
“This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”