“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance…” 2 PETER 1:5-6
Our model building of faith already has three superstructures; namely, virtue, knowledge, and self-control. The next thing to add is perseverance. The general meaning of this is patience or endurance. But much more than this, it means cheerful endurance. That makes a world of difference. One can endure mournfully, and that will not fit into Bible definition of perseverance. It is keeping your head high above the cloud when the natural inclination is to have it hang low. That reminds me of the definition of success by the wartime Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill. He said that, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm”.
There will be a lot of happy moments in your Christian journey. But make no mistake about it; there will be a lot of other moments that will try the very core of your beliefs. There will be moments when it seems you carry the entire weight of the world on your shoulders. You may even have occasions to wonder whether God has forgotten you altogether. It is during such moments that you need the gear of perseverance, drawing largely from the fact that God is faithful and powerful and that He will come through for you. Jesus taught perseverance as a major key to eventual salvation; He noted that only those who endure to the end would qualify for salvation. This is true whether the salvation we seek is some temporary earthly relief from some burdens or the eternal redemption of our souls – salvation belongs to those who can hang on.
FURTHER STUDY: LUKE 21:10-19
PRAYER: Lord, help me to persevere like You did.