Endure Well

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

All is well. Your life may be crazy and chaos may be all around around, but say this aloud...all is well. By definition, endure means to suffer. Another defines it as the ability to last. I believe that enduring means that we last through the suffering. John 16:33 reads "I tell you these things so that in me you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world." Jesus tells us in this passage that we will be faced with trouble. He spells it out very plainly, "..you will have trouble." Despite this truth, I love that Jesus doesn't end with trouble. He continues by telling his disciples to take heart. The King James Version reads, "..but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world."

In the midst of our trials and sorrow, Jesus is prompting us to be cheerful and to endure well. We as humans do not like trials and tribulations. Living in an imperfect world, we must learn to endure the trials that come our way and do so in a manner that pleases God and helps us maintain our peace, joy, love and patience.

When I keep an "all is well" mentality, I remain hopeful; even in the hell I may be facing. It gives me courage that this too shall pass, and that very soon, everything will work itself out. Romans 8:28 says "All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose." When I have an understanding that everything (the good, bad and ugly) work for my good...no matter what I'm facing, I trust that God is using it.

When we take this post's core scripture & break it down using our definition, it reads: "Give thanks to the Lord; for he is good! His faithful love lasts forever." If God is so good that he love is faithful to last, can't we endure for a while for his name sake? After all, the things we experience now are far less worse than what our Lord bared on the cross. 1 Peter 2:21 reads "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps.

Brothers and sisters, I urge you to endure well. The road will be rocky, but with our Lord on your side, know that all is and surely will be well.

Here are some tips to help you endure your trials well:

1) See your glass as half full rather than half empty. Philippians 4:8 says "Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Thinking about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

2) Push through even when you don't feel like it. Hebrews 12:1 reads "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

3) Look up! Psalm 121:1-2 reads "I will lift up my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."

As we fix our eyes on Jesus, we see that our trials will not last forever. And as we lean towards our Father, we gain the strength we need to not only endure, but to endure well.

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