Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
“We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ. The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.” ~C.H. Spurgeon
“Pining for something more can honor God as much as gratitude for what’s already happened.” ~Abraham Piper
“In a fallen world where obedience to God is costly, groaning can be just as much an expression of faithfulness as rejoicing.” ~Wesley Hill
“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God, whose ways you may not understand at the time.” ~Oswald Chambers
(the following is from a blog I follow, by Mrs. MK)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
The command for encouragement and perseverance assumes a NEED.
That means that believers can be
(and are often)
discouraged and weary…..
if it was an easy road,
an easy race,
this verse would be superfluous….
I have faith,
confidence in the Lord alone,
that his power will bring me safely to the finishline.
But it will not be the finish of the graceful runner
in perfect shape
who crosses triumphantly,
but the injured,
sick and nearly out of their mind
runner who collapses
the instant the line reached.
But it will be reached,
in His presence I will know:
true rest and comfort,
Romans 15: 4-5
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus……