The Power of Perseverance

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Romans 5:2b-5 And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

I think it is safe to say that the American culture doesn't put much value in perseverance. We are society of convenience and ease. If it gets difficult or begins to take more time than we want, we usually move on. We have been trained toward this. It is in how we are raised. We are consumers, customers first, and the customer is always right. We want it our way, in our time, and without much fuss. If something is hard than it must not be right. So we don't stick around for the hard, we move on to what is easy, and we miss out on the power that comes from perseverance. 

We see in Romans 5 that the Apostle Paul wouldn't advise us to move away from the difficult things in life, rather we should see them as important to our own maturing process. He conveys that in persevering through hard times, hard relationships, our character is built. It is almost as if Paul is calling hardships essential to God growing us into who he wants us to be. Paul goes on to say that when character is built hope is possible, no matter the situation. When the NT writers talk of hope, they don't mean "wishful thinking", they are talking about the ability to live in the reality of God and his promises even if it doesn't in the present look like they are coming true. 

We shortcut our maturation and character construction when we choose not to persevere. We limit the power of hope in our life and we become enslaved to the circumstances of the moment. If our current situation is easy we are good, if it is hard we move on. There is no power in this way of living. The power comes from waiting on the Lord, trusting he is still good even in the face of struggle, and seeing his provision as much from what he does while we persevere as when he provides and comes through. 

Lets not shortcut what God wants to do in our lives. What is he calling you to persevere in today? He is good, He can be trusted.