Use Scripture To Have Perseverance Through Hard Times
At every turn we are challenged in ways that tries to hold us back. We must persevere as Christians and continue our journey never giving up.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
– Galatians 6:9
So many things in this life can leave us weary; work, relationships, finances, and family are just a few huge culprits. Ironically, these things are often the things that we are most attached to. In our devotion, we can put in so much time and effort that we ultimate end up purely, and utterly, exhausted. Sometimes it can seem tempting to stop trying – to stop trying to be a good employee, a good parent, or even a good person. After all, wouldn’t it be easier to just give up? To stop caring? Sadly, this is one of the biggest lies of the enemy.
As we go through this life, we have to constantly remind ourselves that all we do for the sake of Christ will be worth it in the end. We may not see it now, but everything – every prayer we pray, every word we say, every person we love – all makes an impact in some way. It can be frustrating to try so hard only to see no results, but we have to believe that our perseverance will one day be rewarded – if not in this life, then the next.
Of course, it’s always good to take time to rest. If we completely wear ourselves out, we’ll only be left discouraged and unhelpful to the people around us. This is the main reason why God commands us to observe the Sabbath – so that once a week, we can simply enjoy the fruit of our labor and recharge for the week ahead. But just as there is one day for rest, there are six more meant for working; and during these days, we must stay motivated. We must persevere through every difficulty, by the grace of God.
James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” Throughout our lives, Satan often throws temptations our way in order to distract us from doing the work of Jesus Christ. Satan wants us to grow frustrated and bitter with our efforts, doubting if anything we do is even worth doing. Through every little blessing, however, Jesus shows us that the joy of serving Him far outweighs the short-term pleasures we can get by following our own sinful desires.
It isn’t easy to deny our desires; from birth, we all have a tendency to rebel against God. This is why perseverance is so necessary in the Christian life. If we don’t stay strong and diligent in our faith, we will fall back into our same old habits and drift away from the person God created us to be. Faith is something that we must choose and pursue each and every day; every decision we make is either for God’s glory, or against it. And so it doesn’t matter how rough the road is; we must look toward the destination and know that one day, we have the greatest prize, if we do not give up.