March 7, 2011

Persistence Pays Off

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- March 7, 2011

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” Luke 18:1-5

Has rejection caused you to give up on an opportunity or a person? Are you tired of trying to do the right thing, without experiencing positive results? It is precisely at this point of frustration and fear that God calls us to persevere in prayer and continue to graciously engage individuals and circumstances. Those who give up—give up on God.

Like an oscillating fan your faith may waver back and forth between confidence and uncertainty, so hit the button of belief and stay focused on the Lord. Go forward by faith to love an estranged relationship—call the company who went with a competitor and see how you might still serve them—reach out until your requests are not ignored anymore.

A faithful man or woman in the hands of God has the attention of heaven and earth. When you are on His assignment, rejection has to first go through Almighty God’s agenda. It’s not the individual full of energy at the outset who outlasts others, it’s the wise ones who conserve their vigor over the long haul—strengthened by their Savior’s stamina.

The fortitude of faith is what forges great relationships and gets long-term results. Anyone can start a race with its excitement and anticipation, but fewer are the runners who climb the hills, overcome the adversity of the elements, and finish the course. You may not be the fastest—you may not finish first—but by God’s grace you will finish well.

Most of all stay persistent in prayer. Respond to God as the violin responds to the bow of the master. The Lord makes beautiful music on the strings of a life surrendered to Him. Persist through the pain of rejection and to the pressures of responsibility—all the while remaining in an attitude of prayer. Persistent prayer to Jesus produces His best outcomes. Persistence pays off when you are prepared to move forward on behalf of your Master.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

What relationship or opportunity calls for my focused attention and persistence?

Related Readings: Numbers 14:38; Daniel 6:10; Acts 20:22-25; Romans 2:7;

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Comments

  1. Cris Corporan says:

    Yesterday at church God gave this same message, He wants us to keep on praying, and praying, and praying.
    God Bless you and thank you for sharing the wisdom God has given you.

    Cris
    From Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  2. Deborah says:

    Thanks for the blog about persistence. It gives me hope that if I keep doing the things I feel God wants me to, it will pay off. Thanks for your sharing the words of encouragement. May God bless you.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Mr. Boyd 🙂
    we have 2 adult children , a son 31 and a daughter 22 living at home..i was just curious if you have any contracts handy that we could use to help bring order into our home? Our daugher was raised Catholic and believes she is a lesbian and our son although was raised in the Word has chosen to live by his rules…our daughter we hardly ever see, she comes and goes as she pleases, she is a college student, paying her way , has a part time job and plays with the symphony,,our son, is collecting unemployment and has no direction. Both of them do as little as possible around the house….our daughter keeps her room clean and washes her dog weekly and our son keeps his room clean and empities the dish washer daily…;O they seem to t hink that is enough and also they do their own laundry and the son eats with us our daughter does not..we have tried to include them in everything to become a family unit, but i suppose they are set in their ways. I am somewhat okay with that, but my husband is not…I just pray that whatever they are doing, the Lord make them as miserable as possible until they fall on their knees..i know that we most likely need to hold them more accountable.. neither of them pay rent or pay anything but their own seperate bills..phones, car insur..ect…it is like they are just here for the convience and nothing more…what do you think? they have really zero spirituality, and do not desire it…..

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