Friday, 18 September 2015

E - Endurance


Do you ever feel like giving up?  I do!  God instructs us to run with endurance the race in which we find ourselves.  And not only that, to try to do our best whilst running this race of life.  I find it very tough sometimes.
Matt 24 v 12-13: (12)Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. (13) "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

God is our strength, He is our strong tower, our hiding place, our place of refreshment and it is because of Him that we can endure whatever it is we have to.
Psalm 18 v 2:  The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

As I was driving this morning, I was wondering what to do about a situation with which I am entirely, overwhelmingly frustrated.  I was mentally voicing my discontent to the Lord, and the thought came to me, "Praise Me, lift Me up, and let me do the rest.  You do not need to know the "how" or the "when"!  You just need to praise Me and I will do the rest."



The thing about this approach is that it removes the necessity of getting tired, because, well, we are letting God do things instead of trying to do things in our own strength.  I find I waste alot of time and energy trying to figure things out, or trying to make things work, when in reality, its a spiritual thing right?!  Sounds iffy, but true.  I have, in times of letting go and letting God, been amazed at the outcome.  You would think I would have learnt but we are constantly needing to relearn things.  At least, this is how it feels for me.
Heb 12 v 1:  Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

So back to endurance.  If I am choosing to praise the Lord in my circumstances I am releasing all that pent up anger and frustration to Him, and in the praising and worshiping of the Lord, comes the solutions.  He makes things work together for my good.  Its hard sometimes to let go because maybe we don't want the results we think the Lord will deliver but at the end of the day, His results are better than any result anyone else could deliver.  My point being I will not be wasting my energy resolving things, but using my energy wisely by directing it to praising the Lord, and in that, the ability to endure comes.

My encouragement to you today is to know that God will give you the endurance to run the race that is our lives, but we need to stop trying so hard to fix things ourselves and we need to submit our will to the Father's.  In doing so, He renews our strength and we CAN endure.

God bless
Tracy

#wisdom  - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe the Lord is showing me that endurance does not need to be emotionally and physically draining.  If I choose to worship and praise Him in my circumstances, He will give me the ability to endure and have joy in the process.

2 comments:

  1. Speaking to the choir here, Tracy. Oh, how tired and overwhelmed I get when I try to *fix* the situations (and people!) in my life! How the Lord must shake His head over me! Still a work in progress, and learning more and more that only HE can do what needs to be done!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, I too am a work in progress, lol!
      God bless

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