Some Days I Don’t Want to Endure

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So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. - 1 Peter 1:6-7

Sometimes the truth is hard, isn't it? And the truth is that some things we face in this life cannot be fixed. Some things cannot be changed or healed or repaired. Sometimes we have to live broken. It all goes back to that whole Adam-and-Eve-fruit thing. You remember, when the enemy thought he had won? Although he has lost, until Jesus comes back we have to live on this old earth and sometimes the bitter truth is that this life is plain old painful.

Job knew this hard truth all too well. Sometimes when we wish for a fix, we find we have to simply endure.

At least I can take comfort in this:
Despite the pain,
I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
But I don’t have the strength to endure.
I have nothing to live for.
Do I have the strength of a stone?
Is my body made of bronze? - Job 6:10-12

Job recognized right off that we do not have the power to endure. Nothing on this earth will give us that power.

Their confidence hangs by a thread.
They are leaning on a spider’s web.
They cling to their home for security, but it won’t last.
They try to hold it tight, but it will not endure. - Job 8:14-15

But their cities will be ruined.
They will live in abandoned houses
that are ready to tumble down.
Their riches will not last,
and their wealth will not endure.
Their possessions will no longer spread across the horizon. - Job 15:28-29

They were always greedy and never satisfied.
Nothing remains of all the things they dreamed about.
Nothing is left after they finish gorging themselves.
Therefore, their prosperity will not endure.

In the midst of plenty, they will run into trouble
and be overcome by misery. - Job 20:20-22

For the endurance it takes to live this life as salt and light, there's only one place to turn. Can you guess where that would be?

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Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
You rule with a scepter of justice. - Psalm 45:6

I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever!
Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
Your unfailing love will last forever.
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. - Psalm 89:1-2

And so today, and every hard day, when the fixes don't come and the pain is too much, all there is for me to do is...

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever. - 1 Chronicles 16:34

Will you praise with me, Dear One? It's the strongest weapon we've got against the darkness. Against the enemy of our very souls. The endurance will come. We can do this. Because we are not alone.

 

Holy Father, we beg You to cover us during these awful times when the world becomes just too much. Help us to lean only on You and your precious Son. You are the only thing that endures. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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6 Comments on “Some Days I Don’t Want to Endure

  1. Shelly, I pray your prayer with you. Some days, some feelings, some seasons, some ...are just more than I seem able to handle, but the Lord can. Oh, that I would remember to give it to Him.
    Thank you for these Scriptures for they speak to me tonight, Shelly.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
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  2. Hi Shelly,

    Thank you for sharing Love Song by Third Day - I was not familiar with them! I am sharing your post with a close friend, the victim of a home invasion she was gang raped while her young son lay bound in another room. They were briefly face to face on her bed, long enough for her to tell him to keep saying the Lord's prayer over and over aloud without stopping no matter what happened as there hands and feet were taped together. The attackers took her son to his room, she did not know what was happening to him, fortunately they left him alone.

    It's been years, in bible study this week she shared that it was a song lyric Hillsong's 'Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)' that filled in the final hole in her soul. Bloody and broken that horrific day she escaped across the roof as her son jumped down guiding his mother's feet onto the top of their fence. Together they crossed to a neighbor where they called the police and prayed for her attackers, giving forgiveness. In the years since she has gone to countless trials and hearings for all five of them as 'the victim' and asked us to pray to keep them in jail. She told us she realized this week she was a prisoner too. There was a hearing today for the youngest one, he was 17 at the time, she did not go, she did not even tell her family it was happening. A first. No longer 'the victim' she let it go, she cried as she told us she was not going to put herself through it anymore nor her family.

    She said she is letting go and letting God handle it, she is reclaiming her joy and hope. I hope in some way by putting her story out there - she might inspire others the way she has inspired me.

    Have a blessed weekmend! With a smile, Carlyn 🙂
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  3. What an incredibly encouraging post! Yes, I know of those days - when you are so weary that you think you can't take another step. When you're afraid and discouraged. When you don't have the will, let alone the strength to endure. Where to go? You have certainly pointed us in the right direction - UPWARD!!

    Thank you so much for your words today. They have uplifted me...

    GOD BLESS!

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