Today I’m thinking about perseverance. The steady persistence in a course of action, in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. I finished the book of Nehemiah and it ends on a sad note to me. At the beginning of the book in spite of difficulties, obstacles and discouragement there was a pressing forward. But all the turning back to God, and great show of revival was gone in a short time. Why? The people turned back again to their sinful ways. When Nehemiah returned 12 years later he had major work in correcting these things. Sad. It’s one thing to start with great gusto for God, it’s a whole other thing to continue and eventually finish.
Paul instructed his child in the faith:
Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
Paul could say at the end of his life:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7
Persevere! Take pains to obey. Pay close attention. Every day. Day after day. And then heaven! Soon and very soon we are going to see the King. Don’t quit now.
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!