We the children of the most high God are called to serve Him. Even as we know this, we may often find ourselves stumbling over innumerable blocks that come our way. To add to this, situations around us may seem totally discouraging, to the extent that we lose our hope both on God and ourselves.
I found myself at this situation at one point of time and felt I’m never gonna make it, I’m never gonna be of any use to God. That’s when God taught me this lesson- To persevere. To hold on and not give up.
How do we Persevere?
1. Sometimes we will have to throw away some things, which may seem precious to us or which we are addicted to, in order to follow Jesus. Hebrews 12. 1 says “ Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily strangles.”
This thing might be our friendship, our sleep, those movies in our laptop, those songs we know we should not be listening to or we know what.
2. We need to run away from sin as Joseph did when he was tempted by his master’s wife (Genesis 39.6-12).
3.Watching and praying, as Jesus teaches us,is very important, lest we fall into temptation (Matthew. 26.4).
4.Fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12.2). When we concentrate on the problems of this world we forget that there is a God who is in control. So let us keep looking at Jesus and He will sustain us.
What is our Hope?
Jesus is our hope. He endured such opposition from sinful men, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart ( Hebrews 12.3,4).
In our struggle against sin we have not resisted to the point of shedding of blood, but Jesus has, just for our sake. And surely He can help us in our weaknesses. All we need to do is simply trust Him.
Our encouragement in Hardship
When God disciplines us we need to take it serious, but at the same time we need not lose heart, for the Lord disciplines those He loves. Indeed, He loves us and has called us His own children.
When we respect our earthly fathers for the discipline they have brought us in, how much more should we submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father.
No discipline seems pleasant at that very moment, instead it is painful. But later it produces holiness, righteousness and peace within (Hebrews 12.11). What a blessing!
So, let us not be disheartened when God allows such situations in our life.They are just to mould us and make us the masterpiece of His hands. Let us strengthen our feeble hands and weak knees and march forward, doing the work He has called us to do (Hebrews 12.5-12).