Endure Until The End

"Endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ" 2 Timothy 2:3


There are many, many scriptures that are in the Word, regarding "enduring"


The dictionary gives this definition of the word "endure":

To carry on through, despite hardships; undergo


I have found that not all bad situations in life can be changed by a quick prayer or instant miracle, no matter how great our faith is. There have been times when I have had to endure things for years.


We don't like to think about that. We live in an "instant microwavable" environment. We want things to happen immediately.


I can tell you from my own life that things will change, and that God answers prayers always. I have also found that God does things on his timetable and not my own.


In Hebrews 6:15 we read, speaking of Abraham "after they had patiently endured, he obtained the promise."


Of Moses it is said, "By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible."


There are many, many more scriptures on the subject of enduring. Those I have used here should be sufficient to point out the fact that faith and prayer have a counter part in patience and endurance.


Ephesians 6:13 reads, "Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand."


Having done all what? Having prayed and believed and committed and released the problem to God. If it still persists, then we have to STAND, ENDURE, wait in patience and "faint not"


I have found that pouting and complaining when things are not moving doesn't do one bit of good. In fact, I believe that it only delays our answers to prayer.


God wants us to put smiles on our faces and keep on believing no matter what is happening in our lives. Why? It drives the devil crazy.  Why? It gives others a good example of what it means to live in peace as a Christian who believes that God is working in their life, regardless of what it looks like to others.


I say this, "Blessed are those who keep on praising the Lord, when the battle seems to be going against them!" God is still on the throne. Victory is promised. Right always triumphs over wrong. Evil will be avenged. Morning does come, however long and dark the night seems.


Some people don't want to believe in happy endings. They always look for something to go wrong. I had a perfect example of that recently. I have a close friend, someone who is not living for the Lord, who always likes to keep track of my life and how it is going. I have tried witnessing to her; I have talked to her about faith in God until I am blue in the face. Sometimes she comes close to believing, but then the "world" carries her back into her old way of doing things.


When she found out I was moving to Taos, she said, "Oh, your life long dream is coming true!" She knew that I had fallen in love with the area twenty years ago, when we were both younger and living in Albuquerque. I would visit here, and state, "One day God is going to let me move to Taos."


In those days the economy was booming. A house that was only half as large as this one rented for more then this one is renting for now. I prayed, and God didn't answer at that time. I was in a period of enduring for 20 years. I couldn't see that the economy was going to go into severe recession. I couldn't see a way that I could ever afford to live here. God saw the whole thing, however. He didn't say "NO, not ever." He simply said, "No, not now."


On the day that I was moving to Taos, shortly after we arrived at the house, I got a text message from this "friend" who didn't know we were already in the house. She said, "I am worried sick about you, I have a bad feeling you won't make it to the house."


I wrote back, and said, "Praise God, we are already here!" I didn't receive another text message from her. I wondered what in her, made her "feel" that way. Obviously, she wasn't getting her "feelings" from God. She doesn't trust in God. She doesn't trust that God gives us the desires of our hearts. She may pray for something, halfheartedly, for a couple of weeks and when she doesn't get an immediate answer she figures, "There is no God, and if there is he doesn't answer my prayers."


God sometimes answers prayers immediately. In my life though, He has, mostly, had me endure.


The storms of life are frightening, but the grace of God is given in proportionate measure to the degree we are willing to endure, even when it looks as if He has forgotten about us.


We would rather be instantly delivered from hard circumstances. We don't like to be in pain.


What I have learned, over and over, in these hard situations is to pray and ask God the following, "Father, whatever you want me to learn through this, let me learn it quickly so through this experience I may be delivered sooner, rather than later."


I have found that every single situation we find ourselves in has in it a lesson meant to teach us some valuable bit of wisdom, or strengthen us morally.


Joseph would have never come to a place of power, through which he could be used to save his people, if he had lost his faith and allowed his spirit to be broken through the long years spent in prison.


Spiritual leaders don't pop up like a "Jack in the Box". Spiritual leaders are trained, like Moses, on the backside of the desert; like David out on the hillside; like John the Baptist in the wilderness; like Paul in Arabia, and like every man or woman who has been used by God in a mighty way.


Isolation, tribulation, persecution, and all discipline are brought to bear upon us to mold us and get us to yield to "divine will"


Why you ask? I believe it is because we are too ornery to be of any use to God any other way.


So, today you might find yourself "enduring" a bad situation. My advice is to put a smile on your face, learn the lesson God is trying to teach you in this situation, and know that this situation won't last forever. God is going to bring you "through." You are not standing still, you are moving "through."


I don't know God's timing for your problem, and neither do you. Tomorrow could be the day He walks you out of it. He wants us to grow in the likeness of Christ.


Christ did not walk in self-pity. Christ always endured; he endured the cross, as it was the will of the Father. We sometimes are called to do the same.


The good news is that Christ, rose again to victory. He is our example. Regardless of what we have to endure today, we must never give up on the fact that we too will rise from the ashes of our problems, VICTORIOUSLY!


Father, help us to endure as good believers whatever situation we are in today. Help us to trust in You, and in the fact that when the time is right, we will get our answers to prayer and be delivered from the hard circumstances of our lives. In Your Name, the Name above all names we pray. Amen and Amen

© Cathie Miller 2011

For We Know That Nothing...No Thing..  is impossible with God