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Patient Endurance

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.  James 5:11 NKJV

patient enduranceMy grandson went down at the football playoffs, and my fear set in.

We jumped to our feet. My hands flew to my face as I saw him lying on the field and the managers running out to attend him.

I cringe whenever a player gets injured, no matter which team he’s on. It’s tough when it’s someone on your team. But it is tougher, even more fearful, when it’s your child or grandchild.

 “Mom, it’s okay. He’s fine,” my daughter said, trying to reassure me.

Clearly, it wasn’t. He was finished; the game was over for him. Our hearts were broken. It was a sad way to end his senior season of varsity football. He had experienced twelve years of recreation and school football and had developed physically—improving skills, strength, and stamina while enduring demanding practices. He maintained dedication and focus.

Today’s high school athletes have high hopes of earning that coveted college scholarship. But when it all goes south, we wonder why and sometimes question God.

Our spiritual walk may also have seasons of pain, loss, or suffering. Yet, I’ve learned I can endure those times through God’s strength and the Holy Spirit working in me. If we do the right thing and suffer, our patient endurance finds favor with God.

God knows our circumstances and suffering because He knows us by name. He sees the big picture. The Lord will bring about the best for us in the long run. We only need to draw close to Him and remain in His Word.

Lean on the Lord’s strength and guidance in difficult times. Through the disappointments, setbacks, and shattered dreams, keep pushing on. The Bible assures us we will experience peace and favor with God. He blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the beginning.

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Karen Huffaker

Karen Huffaker is now a breakthrough freelance Christian writer after working many years writing and editing in the corporate/legal world. She has taught children’s Sunday school and single mom’s Bible studies and written poetry. She is from the deep South and loves reading Christian books, devotionals, genealogy adventures, fishing, and all things family. She is also passionate about her grandchildren’s sporting events.