Hebrews 10:36“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
There are so many mountains to climb before we get to the ‘top’. The way we react to uphill battles will determine how sweet the rest of the journey is even once we reach the proverbial ‘green pasture’.
In my devotion today, it discussed perseverance and I love this passage for a number of reasons.
1). The Challenge
Perseverance means staying the course of a trial or prolonged challenge. It means “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”. When we persevere according to the will of God, there is no promise that it will be a piece of cake. Infact, if we are lucky, God trusts those he loves with bigger and more challenging tasks. So, it kind of is in our best interest to endure the hardship. This verse states that you ‘need’ to persevere. We need to remain in this state until the lesson has been learned or until we have grown a thick enough skin to be able to endure related hardships along the way in the future.
2). The Condition
This verse says “When you have done the will of God…”. The promise cannot be received until the will of God is performed. It’s a condition. This really hit me hard because I realized how important it is to pray that you are going through your days and plans along the path of God’s will. Everybody has a purpose. The question is do we know what that purpose is, separately? What is required of each of us individually?
3). The Promise
By persevering according to his will, there is a promise attached to it. It’s so hard sometimes to continue to have faith and believe that what we go through is for our own good. We can become anxious and negative. But the one thing that helps to hang on to is this ‘promise’ that God has assured us. What better motivation to continuing enduring your current state and continuing to push through all the negativity?
You may be having difficulty finding funding for your next project. Hebrews says ‘Persevere’. And in doing the will of God, you will receive grace, mercy, success and all the great promises attached to knowing him.
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