Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

God Wants You to Persevere

Perseverance, tenacity, holding firm, never giving up—this is a quality we all admire. Most of us have heard or read Winston Churchill’s immortal words during World War II when he told the English people that even though all of Europe might fall “…we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end…we shall fight in the seas and oceans…we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing-grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…” It was a speech backed up by deeds as England, led by this unwavering leader, stood alone and persevered against a powerful enemy.

“Perseverance counts much with God as well as with man,” wrote E.M. Bounds, who went on to cite Biblical persons whose perseverance made history. If Elijah had ceased praying when at first he saw no raindrops, would Ahab, or anyone else, for that matter, have realized God’s power over nature and the affairs of men? If Jacob had not spent the night wrestling with God, would he have been prepared to meet his estranged brother the next day?” The message for us is never to give up. God wants to strengthen us to persevere and finish the race faithfully.

Prayer: Dear Lord, grant me the strength and the desire to persevere in my faith. Amen.

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

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