But the one who endures to the end will be saved. - Matthew 24:13
“Hang in there.” Sure, it sounds like a cliché, but it’s vital to our life. Life is hard. It’s particularly hard these days. So much of life seems out of control.
However, it is key to remember that God is still in control. He hasn’t gone anywhere. He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t given up on you. He hasn’t walked away from you.
Perseverance and resilience are indispensable qualities to develop in our lives. The ability to hang on, or to just keep going, to not give up or give in. They are not easy qualities to develop but are crucial in moving forward.
It’s too easy to quit, to throw in the towel, be done. There are times when we really feel like stepping off the track and walking away, but don’t. God has something for us, maybe something just around the corner. Don’t give up on Him and don’t give up on yourself and don’t give up on God’s people. If we just hang on, we will see the Light ahead of us; Jesus going before us to make a way.
Simply put one foot in front of the other with your eyes on Jesus. He will get you through. All you need in hope in the moment, just enough to keep your feet moving.
This week a group of four of us climbed up Grandfather Mountain via the Profile Trail, 8.17 miles, 2335 or so in elevation gain. The way we did it? The same way everyone else does, by simply putting one foot in front of the other, over and over, until we reached the top and got to enjoy an incredible view. There is an old saying, “We don’t conquer the mountain; we conquer ourselves,” and it’s so true. We must conquer ourselves through humility, repentance, hope, trust in God through Christ if we desire to taste and see that the Lord is good.
When you sense your need for resilience and perseverance, that is the time to turn to Jesus, our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. Trust Him to give you the strength you need and then trust Him to meet you right where you are with the strength you need to keep going.
Hang in there. God’s got you!
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea… - Psalm 46:1, 2