Endurance bespeaks of a self-perpetuating supply. It is the quality of timelessness, for though it may begin today, it has no end. Since its farthest extremity is infinity, endurance is the spiritual attribute that will remove you from the confines of time.
Endurance is developed within you day-by-day, as your spirit remains steadfast and the weeks drag into years. From moment-to-moment, and month-to-month, your spiritual goals must hover before your eyes, transfixed as the purpose of your earthly life. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth.
As Endurance grows to maturity within you, your spirit is rendered impervious to the passage of time. Endurance is the guarantee that nothing in creation can ever influence your personal relationship with your Heavenly Father. It begins with simple waiting, then grows into patience, then finally develops into an immovability that is unaffected by time. Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.
Waiting is excruciating to mortals, but this is the first trimester of Endurance. The ability to wait is formed during the slack times of God, those dreary months when he seems as motionless as a wall.
Encountering these spiritual doldrums it seems your progress is becalmed. You feel that God is not doing anything. Nevertheless, in reality, he is operating at maximum power. He is teaching your spirit to wait. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
This gestation of waiting is illustrated in the Bible by the forty days that Jonah waited to see the outcome of Nineveh. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
During those tedious days, Jonah became quite grumpy. He was not getting his own way. The objectives he preferred were being thwarted by the superior wisdom of God. So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. … And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
The lengthy times of waiting, in quiet confusion to see what God will do, are your first steps toward patience and ultimate Endurance. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Patience is the second trimester of Endurance. Patience is fashioned like a chain, with each link forged from an experience in waiting. Patience is illustrated by Isaac’s age when he finally married Rebekah.
After the death of his mother, Isaac was lonely and melancholy. Though he lacked nothing of this world’s goods, yet he yearned to fill his life with meaning. As time dragged on he dredged through the dumps of despondency and mourned an acute lack of comfort. Eventually Rebekah was brought from far away to become his wife, and her companionship was the remedy for his misery. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
Isaac was forty years old when he finally embraced the solace of Rebekah. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. … And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife.
By waiting in heartache, Isaac learned patience, and eventually found the fulfillment he sought. Waiting for the provision of God brings forth tenacity of spirit, developing patience within you. This is the second trimester of Endurance. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Endurance is the ability to hold your spiritual course, unwavering, through long seasons of paucity or profusion. This is illustrated in the forty year reigns of King David and Solomon.
While David was king, the Israelites lived in troublous times of continuous war, intrigue, and rebellion. Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years. Solomon’s reign was just the opposite, a time of peace, wealth, and international prestige. And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.
Whether lounging in abundance or weeping in turmoil, you must learn to remain resolute in your desire for God above all else. This is the trait of Endurance. It is fashioned by a long experience in abundance and another in war. This is the gestation of a spirit that will be unaffected by any circumstance. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. Philippians 4:12 (Amplified).
Endurance is unwavering perseverance, the product formed when patience is forced to travel a great distance. If you persistently hold your supreme desire for God while speeding through your life, your spirit will emerge at the far end with the timeless Endurance of your Heavenly Father. He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
To be successful in this contest, you must fix your heart on God and never cease to pursue his intimate friendship. Each moment must be linked to this eternal purpose. Each day you must continue in patient welldoing, with your spiritual goal pasted on your thoughts. For of endurance ye have need, in order that the will of God having done, ye may bear away the promise. Hebrews 10:36 (Emphasized).
It is absolutely impossible to win a race if you never cross the finish line. You must continue faithful to the end to have any chance of being declared a victor. By your endurance shall ye gain your lives for a possession. Luke 21:19 (Emphasized). So also is the race for Endurance. It is a lifetime of tenacious persistence that will bring to the birth an indestructible spirit, born with an immunity to time and circumstance. Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.