Wednesday’s Word – Perseverance
This past week I had a wonderful Sabbath Rest from blogging. I did try to keep connected but I stayed away from the computer more than usual.
Study God and his strength,
seek his presence day and night; (1 Chronicles 16:11, The Message)
What did I learn this week? The word that kept coming to me was perseverance.
There are times when I feel overwhelmed with the ideas and jobs that God has put in front of me. If I look at the forest (the whole week ahead) I can get overwhelmed.
When my daughter first attended university she felt that way. Being her first time in a semester system she saw the end looming before it even came. She saw all her assignments that were due. She panicked. Everything seemed impossible.
I know how she felt. Do you feel this way sometimes?
You take a look at your calendar, your responsibilities, your commitments and you feel like crawling in a hole, burying your head in the sand or pulling your head inside your shell like Tadeo Turtle.
Jesus certainly had commitments, crowds of people following Him, disciples questioning Him. But how did He react. Always calmly and with much patience and love. He only got angry with the Pharisees calling them, you brood of vipers, (Matthew 12:34, NIV) and the money changers. Jesus overturned their tables. (Matthew 21:12-13, NIV)
And Jesus also went away to pray. He sought the solace of God. He knew He got His strength from His Father. And so can we.
I find that if I keep going in my own way without a thought of praying, I don’t get much done and I can feel overwhelmed. But if I ask God for help first – then He comes and His power, His Spirit and His passion can flow through me.
Seek His Presence day and night.
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Remember when you feel everything closing in on you,
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