When I was younger I often thought about running away. I never ran away, but as I got older I found ways to escape a life that was far from perfect. Those methods were sinful and selfish, and are not things I care to have in my life anymore. But I still find I am tempted to runaway or escape the trials and difficulties of this world. They continue to come, and sometimes it is so confusing, I truly have no idea what to do. I often think surely God doesn’t expect me to endure THIS.
But the truth is GOD DOES want me to ENDURE. He doesn’t want me to runaway. But running away is so much easier. Often I wonder why He would want me to endure some things. Sometimes I fear I am holding on to certain things for the wrong reason.But the more I endure the more I run to HIM, and I turn my eyes to Him and dig into His word.
In the Beth Moore study “Breaking Free” she says:
“God has reserved momentous victories and great rewards for us. But we’ll never make it to our milestones if we can’t make it through our moments. ”
In those moments where we want to runaway, we really just need to run to Jesus. In those moments where we run to Jesus we are taking that next step to the victory and the fruit of our endurance. The confusion goes away and we are blessed with a peace that enters when we endure with our face on Jesus, and it can’t be matched by anyone or anything in this world.
So as I let go and endure through some pain that I would so rather runaway from, God keeps whispering TWO WORDS to my heart: “Something better.“
Something better. God has something better, all I need to do is remain FAITHFUL to the promptings He has placed on my heart , and prepare for the battle and the blessings ahead. That is endurance.
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Our faith begins with what we know and believe about God. Our faith will carry us how far we are willing to let it take us. Faith is a choice and we need to begin by choosing to believe in Jesus and His power to move mountains, heal the sick, and save us from all our sins through His sacrifice on the cross.