By Amber Bonasso
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
‘For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay.
But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back my soul has no pleasure in him.’
But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.
I have been meditating on this scripture lately. The word destruction doesn’t exactly mean that we shrink back and are destroyed as a result. It actually means a falling short of the goal, settling. Persevere means to get to the fullness of. I believe that it is the Lord’s delight to give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4) and to bring about miracles in our lives that far surpass anything that we could have ever hoped for (Ephesians 3:20). Yet there is this sticky word “endurance” in this process.
When we set out to lay hold of the promises of God for our lives, there is a season of holding on. A season where everything beats against you trying to get you to let go of what you believe God has said to you or the path that He has set your feet on. And the opposition gets intense. A myriad of reasons begin to arise as to why you should let go: You didn’t hear Him right in the first place, you don’t deserve it, its been too long, He’s probably forgotten about you, you’re getting too old, the time has past, you’re not capable, you’re not able, you’ve screwed up too much, you‘ve made too many mistakes, there’s a perfectly acceptable alternative, maybe His promise isn’t necessarily for you. The enemy is relentless in his determination to get you to let go, to settle for anything other than God’s best for you. I have been there. The torrent of thoughts and emotions that go with enduring is intense. But beloved, the Bible says that endurance has a perfect work (James 1:4). It has a job in our hearts, minds, and souls. When we allow ourselves to sit in the season of endurance, holding on in spite of what we see, feel and hear something begins to be formed in our souls. The density of our faith begins to increase. Our ability to trust Him with all our heart leaning not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) begins to deepen. We have need of endurance beloved, we need it to get to where God is taking us.
The step of endurance are simple. Just do not let go of the promise of God. Hold on to it. Put your faith behind it saying, “I believe You Lord! I trust that in spite of what I may see or feel You are in control and this promise is for me and I will see it come to pass in my life.” All we have to do is believe. It is that simple. The hard part is not letting go, not shrinking back from the call to endure. No matter how uncomfortable it gets. No matter how fed up you might feel. There will be days where you will get frustrated and maybe loosen a finger or two, or maybe you have all together let go of some hope, dream, or promise that you know in your heart was God breathed. The great news is that it is never too late to pick it up again, fasten your grip, believe that He can and will, and determine to endure through whatever may come by the grace of God until you see it manifest into your life.
Lord, help us to lay hold of the Promises You have for us. Help us to avail of your grace in the seasons of endurance so that we might persevere in faith and see Your hand of provision and plenty come to the desires of our heart.