Endurance Is A Grace Gift

Hebrew 10:36 says, “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” It is God’s will for us to wait for Him. We disobey when we step out on our own, which is acting independently of God. 

There is a note in my Bible about the Greek word for endurance: it describes the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat.

Weariness in waiting can happen when we constantly dialogue about what we are waiting for. It causes emotional fatigue. It’s futile. Waiting is a good work that the Lord is accomplishing on our behalf.

Endurance is a grace gift because without His empowerment we would not be able to wait. 2 Samuel 5:24 is one of my waiting verses. I love to think about the whole scene. David was in two circumstances that were identical. Yet as he faced each one he stopped and asked the Lord what to do. The first time the Lord told him to pursue. The second time He told him to wait.

In verse 23 the Lord instructed him, “…circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.” Verse 24 says, “…when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly…”

What do you think was going through David’s mind and the mind of his army? I can just imagine the scene. Their ears had to be tuned to hear. They had never heard the sound they were listening for. It took absolute quiet, attentiveness, and alertness.

So it is with us. The Lord often speaks in a whisper in the moment. If our mind is occupied with the noise of futile thoughts we will miss what He is directing us to do. Think of His whisper like a paga. He intercepts our thought process to impart His direction in the moment.

Paga is a Hebrew word that means to meet, light upon, join, or encounter. I like to think of it as a butterfly landing on my shoulder. It is like a wisp of a thought. Have you ever been doing something and suddenly someone’s name comes to your mind? That is a paga. The Lord just intercepted your mind to call you to pray for them.

We are called to endure. Whatever He calls us to do, He is right there ready to empower us. We cannot endure through our own strength. Grace is imparted in the moment of our need when our hearts are humble. What a reason to maintain a humble heart because we are always in need. John 15:5 says that apart from Him we can do nothing.

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