|Posted on May 13, 2019 at 1:55 PM|
Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to the world. Revelation 3:10
My Father commands me to persevere. This word is defined as “to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.” Yesterday I needed strength today I need to persevere. To keep going even when I want to give up and give in. I have been waiting and hoping for a prayer to an answer that has yet to be fulfilled in me. Like I said yesterday there was a time I used to pray for God to remove these obstacles but I now I pray for the strength to endure them. It feels like forever since I have seen relief from this obstacle I face.
Like the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 69:3 I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me. 88:9 My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O LORD; I lift my hands to You for mercy.
His grace is all I need. His grace is all I need. I feel like my life as a whole has been a great time of testing. One test after another, when I come out of one, I am studying for the next one. When will I be ready Father? When will my life be complete needing nothing? Not today He says. I must continue to persevere for this life that I was promised this life He told me in a vision I would have one day.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4
I prayed to the LORD and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; He saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; He surrounds and defends all who fear Him. Psalm 34:4-7
My faith is tested daily. Hope and courage keep moving me forward. Not hope in this world or anyone of it but hope in my LORD to save me, to rescue me from the things I face. Isaiah writes in 8:20 Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict His word are completely in the dark. I am no longer in the dark, I seek His Word to comfort and reassure me that salvation will surely come because he came, He is with me. I am not alone in this dark world.
My mercy and justice are coming soon. My salvation is on the way. My strong arm will bring justice to the nations. All distant lands will look to me and wait in hope for My powerful arm. Isaiah 51:5
I am told that when I wait I am I the company of many who had waited before me. Noah didn’t know when the storm was going to come yet daily he prepared the boat. Abraham had no clue where God was leading him yet he continued on his journey to find a better home. Jacob didn’t know when he would be set free from his imprisonment he just kept being his best while the LORD tested his character through each trial he faced. My ancestors didn’t know how long they would be slaves to the Egyptians when God would send Moses to free them. And when he did they didn’t know when they would reach the land promised to them and yet each day they gathered their belongings and hoped.
Joshua didn’t know when he was going to get his portion of the land when they got there. Yet he fought for it till he was well into retirement age. Even when my ancestors disobeyed God to clear out their enemies in the Promised Land, and allowed their enemies to live among them they waited in hope that deliverance would rise up and save them. Ruth had no idea how long her and her mother in law Naomi would see relief from the famine yet every day she went out to the field faithfully and picked what she could for the both of them. Samuel had no idea how long before God would pick another king when he didn’t find a righteous one to lead his people in Saul. David didn’t know it would be twenty years from the time he was anointed to be king till he actually took the throne. Of all His children his son Solomon had no clue when he would assume the role but he hoped.
Ezra didn’t know how long it would take to rebuild what was destroyed in times of war and Nehemiah had no clue that it would take a mere 52 days to finish rebuilding a wall that surrounded the Temple. Yet when the people joined together with one purpose, with one mind and one heart for the same thing anything was possible. There was nothing they couldn’t do. But they had no clue from day one that it would take 51 days.
With these examples and plenty more I take my things and hope even more. Hope for a better today. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope that one day I will see the completion of all these prayers and hopes. And while I wait I keep walking it out, I keep building a better home, I keep praying, keep believing in a God that can turn my circumstance around in a single day if He wanted to. I keep getting up and do what I can today in hopes that one day I will look back and all this hoping took the place of the waiting till my joy overflowed.
So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting His glorious miracles and obeying His commands. Psalm 78:7
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. Romans 5:3-5