God wants us to persevere in trials. God wants us to persevere in doing good. So how can we persevere? Four words from God’s Word:
- Grace (II Corinthians 12:9) – His grace will be sufficient for us. In our moments (or days) of weakness, he is our strength. We are insufficient to persevere on our own, but we can persevere as we lean on his grace and strength.
- Group (Hebrews 10:24-25) – We need one another to spur us on to do good. We need one another to encourage us through the trials. We were not designed to run this race alone. We need a group of believers to help us persevere.
- Gaze (Hebrews 12:1-2) – We run this race with endurance as we look to Jesus. We are to look to the Lord who can help us (Psalm 121:1-2). Our gaze is not on the group who can fail us, but on the One who will never fail us. Our trust is in him. Our cry is to him. We can persevere as we keep our gaze on Jesus.
- Goal (Philippians 3:14) – Paul persevered as he remembered and pressed on for the goal. Jesus persevered as he remembered the joy set before him (Hebrews 12:2). When we grow weary and tired, we remember the goal, the prize, the finish line. We remember the joys of heaven, our great inheritance. We remember our sure hope of being with the Lord forever. We can persevere as we remember the goal.
How might you need to apply these four words to your life today?