Endurance

Even now I can still hear the spinning instructor… “Push it out!  10 more seconds… Sprint!!!”  It was only 6:00 o’clock this morning when sweat had already begun to trickle down my face, and we were only a few minutes into the workout.  Lord, help me! I thought to myself and felt relieved when she shouted, “Done!…”

(Me): Whoo hoo, I did another sprint!

(Instructor):  “…only 8 more to go!”

(Me): You gotta be kidding me… 

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Have you ever felt this way before?  I’ve heard life referred to as “a rat race,” and there have been times when someone told me to push it out, to ride out the storm, and to just climb the mountain in order to reach the valley that was waiting on the other side.  While that all sounded great and made me want to shout, “Yes, I’ll climb the mountain!  I want to reach that valley!”  There was something that I needed to keep me on the journey after I had started…

.endurance.

During times when the “rat race” seems too hard and when we just want to give up, we must look to this scripture!  There is endurance and there is encouragement for you and me.  From whom?  From the Lord God Himself!  In this letter, I can imagine Paul is writing to the Romans to say,

“Look, I know that what you’re going through–the persecution, the fear of death, etc–is hard, and you feel as though you want to give up.  I’ve been there too!  BUT.  Remember the cross!  Remember what God has been doing since the beginning and what He will continue to do through us as His body.

He has given us one another to act as a BODY because each member is just as important as the other.  The only way that we can survive and then thrive is to work together as one, strengthened by the One who brought us together.  Together, we can find our joy in Him, thank Him for everything, and rejoice in His name.”

This message of hope and encouragement is just as true for us today as it was when Paul wrote this letter however long ago.  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

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“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

They are brought to their knees and fall,

but we rise up and stand firm.

O Lord, save the king!

Answer us when we call!”

Psalm 20:7-9

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“O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.”

Psalm 30:2

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Trust in the Lord as your strength, your source of endurance, and your hope.  Call upon His name!

Praying your day is filled with SONshine,

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