Learn to Persevere
I’ve been struggling a bit this past week. Unfortunately, I stopped posting. However, I continued to read the Word and pray. I knew that, at some point, I would feel God’s guiding hand again. My struggle is due to my impatience. I feel the call to missions, but haven’t heard anything yet as to where I should go. I thought I was being called to go to a certain place, but there were so many obstacles that I think it was more of my wanting to be there than the will of God. Also, I was hoping to reach more people with this blog, but so far, I simply haven’t.
Both situations made me feel despondent and I wondered if what I was doing even mattered. I started to question my thought that I was being called to missions in the first place. I was not in a very good place because nothing seemed to be happening. I woke up every morning asking God to direct me to a passage that He wanted me to learn and write about, but I didn’t hear anything. Last night, I seriously considered letting this blog go.
This morning, I prayed the same prayer for guidance and was immediately led to Hebrews 10:36.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
I was very surprised to see this. There I was, contemplating giving up, and God led me there!
Pull up the definition of persevere in Google and you see the following:
persevere – continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.
If that isn’t a kick in the pants, I don’t know what is. In spite of not having many views, I need to continue to do His work. I need to continue to study and write about what I’ve read. This past week, I was studying Ezekiel. It is a book I haven’t read before. For whatever reason, I just never read the book of Ezekiel and I felt a call to learn it. Now that I look back, I know that I should have been studying and writing about it. But, since I was allowing doubt to enter my mind, I never posted about it.
God was speaking to me the entire time, I just wasn’t hearing it. I have to learn to persevere. In spite of not seeing any progress, I need to continue to spread His message. If I give up now, I’m certainly not ready for the mission field.
Is this happening in your life? Are you feeling doubt and allowing it to clog your ears? Have you been feeling a nudge about something? Have a closer look at that nudge and see if God’s trying to lead you somewhere. Continue to pray and reflect. Ask Him to speak loudly and clearly into your heart. He is there, speaking to us and guiding us. Don’t let doubt or fear block your ears or cloud your judgement.
Prayer for us
I thank you for your guidance and for the fact that you don’t give up on us, even when we give up on ourselves. I pray that you give us eyes to see and ears to hear as we walk with You.
In Jesus’ name