(As recently posted on Arrows, blogsite of Pastor Laura Koke, co-Pastor of Shoreline Church in Austin, TX. To read her blogposts as well as posts by guest writers, go to http://www.pastorlaura.com.)
My daughter is very persistent. If she wants something she will ask for it again and again each time hoping she will hear the answer she is longing for. While we have to shape this trait in her right now to steer it into a positive direction, we recognize this tendency is a positive one that will take her far in life.
Many of the key people of The Bible had this same thread woven through the fabric of their lives. Abraham and Sarah persisted through years of infertility. Moses persisted through a stubborn pharaoh’s hardened heart. David persisted through years of tending sheep and running for his life after he was anointed the next king. The Israelites persisted in marching around the wall of Jericho for seven days.
All of the people mentioned held a promise from God. All of them faced a reality far different from that promise for many years of their lives.
Have you ever wondered –
- What if Abraham and Sarah gave up on trying to conceive a baby?
- What if Moses stopped at the ninth plague?
- What if David threw in the towel; deciding it wasn’t worth the wait and trouble?
- What if the Israelites stopped marching on day six?
None of these people stopped short of the prize. They kept going. They persevered.
Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” These amazing hall-of-faith people modeled this in their lives. They believed God would do what He said He would do.
For me, it’s not hard to see where my daughter’s persevering personality comes from. After three boys and generations of no girls born into the family, we were told by countless people it was unlikely we would ever have a girl. And yet, I held a dream in my heart time wasn’t taking away. I believed God placed that dream there and He could do anything to bring it to pass. And when Kylie FAITH entered this world, I was so thankful I never gave up.
What promise of God are you holding onto? Whatever it is, my prayer for you is that no matter what you see happening in the natural you will keep going, keep moving forward, keep hoping, keep pressing on, and whatever you do — never, ever give up.
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