Good Monday Morning to this week 28 of 2020
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might for all endurance and patience with joy. Colossians 1.11
It’s already mid-year and all this Corona trouble that started earlier this year just doesn’t
seem to pass or go away, so it’s a bit without hesitation that I think of endurance this morning.
More then toleration or just bearing, or patient suffering, more than the acceptance after resignation, a large portion of resoluteness and tenacity, accompanied by perseverance and filled with determination. We also develop resilience, continuity, longevity with the strength, force, and muscle to continue. In all, you will find the bouncebackability but often not just due to motivation, but to the backbone of life, a faith to carry, hold on and press forward.
Abundant the verses, as many Biblical authors knew the concept, spoke of all the trials and the rewards.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12.12
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1.12
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12. 1-3
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16.33
Another favorite that has accompanied me since the very early days of my life:
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isiah 40.31
Endurance, a willingness to stick with things. J. Peterson
Paul takes another angle at endurance and calls it the fruit of trial and the works of faith, therefore resulting in steadfastness and patience.
According to Colossians, God tells us, that since He has chosen us to be His children that He loves, we have a responsibility to clothe ourselves in tenderhearted mercy and kindness.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
I summarize to the following statement:
Endurance of faith is what carries us through!
Wishing you a blessed week.