Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Are you going through a difficult season in life right now? Be mindful of the long-term value of perseverance. This means we must view our short-term suffering and hardship in light of what the Lord desires to bring about in the long duration. Perseverance has a voice, “By the grace of God, I will get through this, I will not give up—and I will attain the greater good in the long run, namely Christlikeness!”
Let us be reminded that steadfast believers of bygone eras endured fiery trials—yet a legacy that outlived them was left behind (read Hebrews 11). A legacy that perseveres beyond one’s own life validates the value of perseverance through the hardship of life’s struggles. Remember—it is never the absence of a struggle that defines us; rather it is the defining work of Christ in us as we persevere through the struggle.
Such defining processes must be rooted in: (1) the deep abiding trust that God is good; (2) the core conviction that He’s working out the greater good of His purposes in spite of the hardship (Romans 8:28); (3) and the greater good at work within us is to forge Christlikeness—the call to conform us to the Son’s image (Rom. 8:29). Don’t give up—through faith in Christ, persevere!
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