2004-07-12 - Endurance
Editor's Note: This is an encore devotion from one of our retired authors named Derek. God has seen fit to move him along, but it is our hope that this will bless new and old subscribers alike.
For a while now, I have gone out with a lot of my friends from school, to play a game we like to call "Manhunt". Basically, it's a simple game of "Hide and Seek," but it consists of a bunch of guys dashing through the woods in the dark, trying to chase each other until our hearts give out and we fall over from exhaustion. Sound like fun? For all of you older folks that think we're crazy, the only explanation that we can come up with is that it's free entertainment, which is very hard to find in our society. Because we are all teenaged guys, we have quite a bit of energy and can endure the physical stress for a good two hours, but is that enough ...?
I ask you if two hours endurance is enough because, while two hours of physical torture may be hard, our lives as Christians last much longer than a mere matter of hours. And while in a game, we are able to rest every once in a while, in our lives as Christians, Satan is constantly trying to tear us away from God. We are forced to endure through so many trials and tribulations, what hope is there for us? Christ is our hope. He is there to give us a safe haven and a place to rest. Almost like a "base" during a game of "hide and seek."
When I get tired out in the woods during a game of "Manhunt," the only thing I can think about is Christ's endurance. Like in every aspect of His life, Christ was perfect when it came to endurance. I think of all that He had to go through when He was crucified. He was beaten, whipped. He was thrown on the ground and denied drink. Only to be finished by being nailed to a cross and hung from it until He died. His endurance amazes me - to think that after all that he went through, He was still able to lift Himself up and say "Forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)
So do you have the endurance it takes? We are all supposed to try our best to be like Christ. So the next time you're tired and don't think you can go on any more, maybe you should ask the Lord for a rest, instead of complaining about how hard it is, and how you can't possibly go on.
The Word of God, For the Children of God, "Thanks be to God.