through His Word
by Leigh Powers
A black belt is just a white belt that doesn’t quit—at least that’s what my children’s tae kwon do instructor likes to say. But my children have taken it to heart. When they’re having trouble mastering a kick or remembering how to swing their nunchucks, my son and daughter both remind themselves not to give up and how far they’ve come already. So they keep at it—practicing blocks, hits, and kicks, perfecting their form, and coping with the bumps and bruises that come their way. It’ a long road toward their black belts, but they are developing perseverance as they work toward their goal.
Perseverance is an essential quality for success. Personal, athletic, career, and educational goals all require you to keep trying and work persistently in pursuit of your dreams. Any worthwhile goal requires effort and endurance. The ability to persevere by not giving up, continually choosing the right thing, and constantly marching forward even when the road gets hard helps us overcome obstacles as we pursue our goals.
Perseverance is essential for success, but it’s also essential in our Christian walk. Life is not always easy. Sometimes we make our own messes. Sometimes other people’s messes affect us, and sometimes we have to cope with the realities of life in a fallen, messed up world. Doubts may seep in. The answer to prayer may take longer to come than we think it should. Faith often looks like risk, and choosing the right thing can be costly. But God asks us to persevere in faith, love, and obedience. As we continue to do what is right in God’s eyes—even when it’s hard—perseverance works in us to produce a refined and tested character that is pleasing in God’s eyes. And God blesses those who persevere.
5 door post verses on perseverance:
- “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV*).
- “You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:3-4).
- “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
- “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).
- “By faith [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).
Perseverance comes from knowing God. Moses saw the power and might of our invisible God, and that enabled him to persevere. Similarly, keeping our focus on Jesus helps us lay aside everything that hinders us and run our race well. The Spirit of God produces perseverance in us when our faith is tested, and perseverance keeps our knowledge of Jesus from being ineffective and unproductive. We can also be confident that God sees our perseverance and rewards those who remain faithful. Perseverance is built on our relationship with God, helps make us effective for the kingdom, and brings us future blessings.
Life and faith are not always easy. But meditating on these verses reminds me that Jesus is worth it. The momentary trials of this life pale in comparison to the hope of spending eternity in glory with him. That hope encourages me to persevere. Perseverance allows God to use the struggles of life to refine me. Perseverance enables me to triumph over the hardships and pains that come my way and gives me the strength to be faithful one day and one moment at a time. I know that one day I will stand before the Lord in glory, and on that day I want to meet him as a faithful believer in Christ who didn’t give up. My future hope encourages me to persevere.
What helps you or encourages you to persevere?
*All Scripture verses are NIV.
© Copyright 2016 by Leigh Powers
Leigh Powers is a Bible study and devotional writer, freelance editor, mother of three, and pastor’s wife from small town West Texas. You can usually either find her with a book or knitting needles in her hand—and sometimes both. She is the editor for Pastors Wives Connect and blogs regularly at her own blog, My Life. His Story (www.leighpowers.com). Subscribe to her blog to get your free copy of her ebook, How Do I Forgive? You can also connect with Leigh on Facebook or Twitter.
This post is a part of the Door Post Verses series, featuring significant passages of Scripture on various topics. Check out these other posts to find some more verses that you’d want to put on the door posts of your house:
perseverance, not giving up, Leigh Powers, Door Post Verses: Perseverance, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies