Word 4U Today

Rock. Solid.

Rock. Solid.

Today, the whole idea of ‘endurance’ is a bit Bear Grylls (you know, that survival guy). But we’re pretty sure that, when James wrote “we count them blessed who endure”, he probably wasn’t saying that making an igloo out of your own frozen sweat gets you more blessings from God.

In fact, to him, endurance is much more of an everyday thing. Let’s face it, it’s more than likely that you’ll face something difficult at least once a day.

Your ability to endure has everything to do with that. Whether they’re big or small, endurance is in how we deal with those difficulties. In French, ‘dur’ is used to describe something that’s rock-hard, something that stands firm. So, en-dur-ance then… we could call that ‘standing firm in the face of difficulties’. And that’s a pretty Biblical model for living life.

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes: “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13 GNB). That is how you do what James is talking about. It’s all too easy to start doubting God and His plans when things are difficult. It’s all too easy to start finding not-quite-so-Godly ways to make yourself feel better, but that’s not endurance.

The only really really good way to pull through is to “stand firm in the faith”.

What Now?

Set a reminder to read 1 Corinthians 16:13 at 4:13pm, every day, for the next week. Make that verse the root of how you deal with things when they get tricky.

‘We count them blessed who endure…’  James 5:11 NKJV

Joy Ferdiz

May 31st, 2014

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