I think everyone would agree that perseverance in tough circumstances is extremely difficult. And in a world of “comfort seeking,” it seems to go against our very nature and culture.
If you are a Christian, you know that we are never guaranteed an easy life. In fact, Jesus’ very words in John 16:33 are, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Though we can find comfort from Jesus’ promise that He has overcome the world, we often find ourselves asking the question, “Why do I have to go through this?” It is helpful to know that our pain has a purpose.
Here are four reasons why we should continue persevering:
1. Perseverance builds character.
When we stay the course our character is formed. Romans 5:3-4 says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”
When we focus on godly choices, we can choose to allow the difficult circumstances to make us better — not bitter.
2. Perseverance keeps us focused.
Going through a trial can feel like walking in the fog. As with any journey, it’s important to stay focused and on the right path. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a lamp unto my path.” Stay focused by allowing Scripture to guide and illuminate your steps through the fog.
3. Perseverance tests our faith.
Faith is like a muscle. The more we use our faith, the more it is stretched. The circumstances God uses to stretch our faith are often trials. 1 Peter 1:7 says, “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold.”
4. We will receive a prize.
Knowing that there is a reward keeps us in the game. James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” That’s a prize we all want to obtain!
If you are currently in a trial now, know that God is inviting you to trust His goodness and grace. Stay the course!
How have you been able to persevere through a difficult season? Tell us in the comments!
Sherry resides in the Indianapolis area and is on staff at a church where she uses her passion for carrying out God’s mission of moving people closer and closer to Christ. She is blessed with three grown married sons, three beautiful daughter-in-laws and three grandchildren who call her “Gigi”.