In Romans 15:5, Paul calls the Lord “the God of endurance.” This title really gets at the center of where hope is to be found. Our hope is not to be found in our willingness and ability to endure, but in God’s unshakable, enduring commitment to never turn from His work of grace. Our HOPE is that we have been welcomed into communion with One who will endure no matter what. It is so important to understand this because there will be moments when we will forget whose we are, and we will get discouraged and quit doing the good things God calls us to do. Perfect endurance demands perfection. Since none of us has reached perfection yet, we must look outside ourselves for hope. Our hope of enduring is not to be found in our character or strength, but in Our Heavenly Father’s. He will always be faithful, and He will give us what we need to be faithful, too.
When difficulty exposes the weakness of our resolve and the limits of our strength, we do not have to panic because He will endure even in those moments when we don’t feel able to do so ourselves. I am praying God will shine brightly in your life today. May His glory be shone and you stand in awe of the one who holds every moment of your life. May His strength flow through you and your weakness become His revealed strength. May you be fully aware of Him and allow His endurance to carry you for He loves you dearly and made you for Him. The trials may get more or tougher because of getting so close in a relationship with Him. Trust Him and don’t be blinded by satan. We are not of this world, we are His. We have to ask Him for intervention and favor in our situations and trials, He can handle it, but we have to ask. We often get lost in the situations or emotions when we should go to Him first, even in the little things. Little things can grow bigger but God is bigger. He is strength in our weakness.
God is my protector—in Him I have all I need. However, when trials come my way it is easy to forget that He is still in control. When I look at the world around me, I sometimes grow discouraged, and my thoughts begin to spin out of control. Heavenly Father, make me strong and courageous.
As I step into the plans You have for me, please give me the courage I need to trust in You. Remind me that You are with me, and that You will continue to instruct and guide me. Show me that You are near. Encourage me when I feel worn out, and renew my strength when I’m overwhelmed. Give me rest when I need it, and remind me of Your promises. Help me to take every thought captive as I give You my concerns. Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts, and Your ways are better than mine. You give hope to the hopeless, and strength to the weak. You alone can renew my mind and remind me of my purpose. Counsel me as I reflect on Your Word, and help me to apply Your truths to my life. Give me the courage I need to do what is right, and help me to pursue You above all else—always. Amen 🙏🏻