Day Five: Fixing Our Eyes – Endurance

Hebrews 12:1b-3 (NIV) – And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

“God calls you to persevere by faith, and then, with powerful grace, he protects and keeps you. In Romans 15:5, Paul calls your Lord “the God of endurance.” This title really gets at the center of where your hope is to be found…Let me state it plainly: your hope is not to be found in your willingness and ability to endure, but in God’s unshakable, enduring commitment to never turn from his work of grace. Your hope is that you have been welcomed into communion with One who will endure no matter what…Your hope of enduring is not to be found in your character or strength, but in your Lord’s. Because he will ever be faithful, you can bank on the fact that he will give you what you need to be faithful too. Your perseverance rests on him, and he defines what endurance looks like! When difficulty exposes the weakness of your resolve and the limits of your strength, you do not have to panic, because he will endure even in those moments when you don’t feel able to do so yourself.” [Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies. Crossway. Kindle Edition.]

How have you experienced God’s faithfulness?

Prayer: “Thank you Father for Your faithfulness!  Even though I may be shaky, You are unshakable and Your faithfulness will continue to endure. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Let’s worship to “You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman. [click here]