In the book of James, we learn that there is a blessing for enduring.
I am eager for blessings, but my track-record on endurance is not exactly noble.
Despite my failures, I would like to talk about enduring.
Enduring trials is a common expectation when walking with Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. We need endurance to fulfill God’s purposes in our lives:
For you have need of patience [endurance, perseverance] that, after you have done the will of Yahuwah, you might receive the promise. (Hebrews 10:36).
As children of Yahuwah, we are exhorted to put on a heart of long-suffering and endurance for one another, and to be forgiving of one another. And, we are exhorted to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Yahushua Messiah.” These exhortations require our endurance! (Colossians 3:12,13; 2Timothy 2:3)
We need both faith and endurance to inherit God’s promises (Hebrews 6:11,12). Therefore giving some attention to this subject may encourage our resolve to endure.
Enduring trials is l-o-n-g — suffering. Enduring is to persevere! — persevere through troubles, struggles, hassles, burdens, afflictions, pains, grief, discouragements, and/or injustices. Everyone has their share of these kind of things.
The Slough of Despond
At the start of enduring a trial, just like ‘Christian’ in The Pilgrim’s Progress, I tend to be heedless to what is going on, and I tumble down into the ‘Slough of Despond’ — or the hollow of despair.
The word despond rightly describes how many of us react in a trial. We struggle to endure and be an ‘overcomer,’ yet we become discouraged by the obstacles, and fall into despair. We discover quickly that learning to endure is not easy! Yet endurance is vital to our walk of faith.
Whatever kind of trial we are enduring, if we are honest, then feeling despair and defeated happens to many of us. For me, despair is often my companion in the midst of my troubles, rather than HOPE.
The apostle Paul is an example of someone who had plenty of troubles. He despaired, even of life:
For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life (2Corinthians 1:8).
Paul was pressed out of measure, above strength! In other words, he was utterly burdened.
At times, I feel utterly burdened too! My burdens are not as heavy as Paul’s! Nonetheless, everyone’s burdens are intimately personal, and for me, my burdens can seem above my strength.
Yet, in the next verse, Paul gives us the lesson that he learned in the midst of his troubles:
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but (trust) in God which raiseth the dead (2Corinthians 1:9)
This verse teaches us the lesson of endurance — Father wants us to learn to not give up, and not give in to despair! Father desires that we would bravely trust in Him, and in His help in the midst of our trials. If we are trusting in ourselves then we will surely give up!
All of us naturally tend to trust in our own strength, our own abilities. We want to ‘rush in’ and work out a deliverance of our own making. But, Father desires that we learn to endure — by keeping our eyes on Him, on His faith-full-ness, and patiently trust in Him with all our heart.
Trials are the times when we need to remember to wait patiently on Yahuwah, because patience is a big part of enduring!
Patience and endurance are necessary parts of growing up and maturing! If we can learn to be patient, while waiting on Abba Father in the midst of our trials, looking to Him for a rescue, then our hope rises! Our hope is strengthen as we remember His promise of faithfulness to incline His ear unto His children, and He will hear our prayers (Psalm 40:1).
Patiently trusting Yahuwah is what we want!
However, being troubled, impatient, and cast down is not unusual for us frail and weak earthen vessels. That’s why many times, we are at a loss as to what to do in the midst of trials.
So What Do We Do?
So what do we do, when we are burdened beyond our strength? How do we endure when we are utterly burdened? What do you do? What do I do?
Here are a few things that I have learned to DO when enduring my trials:
One thing I try to do, initially, is to quietly endure. At least initially, I try to be quiet, rather than snarl or grumble at the problem. My quietness helps me begin to listen to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. Also, my quietness helps me avoid blurting off at the mouth with a complaint about the trial.
If I am quiet, it helps me to begin waiting patiently! Quietness also helps me remember to be grateful for everything, no matter how small or painful! And, quietness helps me remember to look to the One who is mighty to save — Yahuwah!!!
One of the benefits of our trials is that they force us to lean on Yahuwah. So talking to Father when enduring a trial is like an ‘anchor in the storm!’
Remembering to Pray and Proclaim
But, if I forget to humble myself, and forget to cry out for Father’s help, then I sink lower into the ‘Slough of Despond.’
My quietness in the midst of a trial is my way of patiently enduring, and avoiding a fretful spirit.
If I do manage to actually maintain some quietness; if I do maintain the treasured ‘meek and quiet spirit’, then I am able to hear the Holy Spirit gently whispering verses from Scripture — verses of Father’s many promises — promises of help in times of trouble:
In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me (Psalm 86:7).
Those who seek Yahuwah [the LORD] lack no good thing (Psalms 34:10).
The above Scriptures are just two examples of the many promises from our loving Abba Father. Remembering such Scriptures are like prodding goads encouraging us to pray and proclaim the Word of Yahuwah on our behalf. When we pray and proclaim, we are putting up a shield of faith in the spiritual realm, and building up our hope.
There are so many Scriptures that we need to store-up in our hearts so that when we are burdened and enduring a trial, then God’s Word will come to our mind. We must prod ourselves to begin to proclaim Father’s Word as the Holy Spirit brings the Word to our mind. God’s Word is as a shield from the storm, and is as a comfort for us!
Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (James 5:10,11)
This passage says, “Behold, we count them happy (blessed) which endure.” That is an offer of hope! That is ‘A-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel!’
Father wants us to hope for and expect a ‘blessing’ when our enduring is complete! I like that! That helps me — helps me to endure patiently, to walk by faith, and to trust in His rescue!
Faithful Abraham is someone who endured:
… After he (Abraham) had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. (Hebrews 6:15)
The Patriarch Abraham, also known as faithful Abraham (Galatians 3:9), is a most encouraging example of enduring through trials! He endured his trials — patiently! And he was rewarded for his patient enduring, and he obtained the promise! (Romans 9:9 and Acts 13:32, 32)
Just as faithful Abraham patiently endured his trials and was rewarded, we also can expect to be rewarded for patiently enduring our trials. If we can patiently and graciously proceed through the adversity, then there is hope for great progress in our walk with Yahuwah!
So remember: there is a blessing for enduring — BLESSED is the man that endureth temptation [trials] (James 1:12). (See Bringing Forth Fruit With Patience)
Red Flag Signal
When trials and struggles come, then that is the red-flag signal for prayer!! Prayer for help!! — for help to lean completely on Father, and trust in His many promises. Prayer for His grace to be humble and patient, to be proclaiming His Word, and to be grateful for His many blessings! And — to not give up!!
Let us remember the exhortation: hold fast! [tightly] the profession of our faith without wavering (Hebrews 10:23).
Proclaiming Father’s promises in our times of need, speaking God’s Words of lovingkindness for us, and asking Father’s help to endure unto the end, as a good soldier — these two things are KEYS to endurance.
Little by little, I am learning through the pain of my trials and struggles to be praying for patience, for quiet endurance, and to remember His instruction: Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself (Psalm 37:7a)!
There are many lessons we can learn while enduring through our trails. Father is always seeking to instruct us by the things we must endure. If we did not have the testings and trials, we would not have opportunities for growth and maturity:
“We must get away from the idea that deliverance from trials is the highest form of spiritual blessings. We learn more in a few days in the fiery furnace than we would learn in years out of it!” – J. Oswald Sanders
By His abundant grace, I am learning to trust Yahuwah’s promise that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
The more we look for God’s promises, and the more we seek to trust His Word, then — more and more, we will become confident of His unfailing help and grace in our time of trials and need! All we have to do is ask for His help!
- See the companion post: Am I Waiting Patiently — Or Seeking My Own Solution?
- For a gripping story of one woman’s endurance through trials, I strongly recommend reading Darlene Deibler Rose’s book: Evidence Not Seen (Your local library might have a copy.)
- He Inclined His Ear Unto Me
- Weeping May Endure For A Night
- More Precious Than Gold
- For further study see Derek Prince’s teaching: Defense Against Discouragement
- Trusting in Yahuwah With All Your Heart – Part One
- Unite My Heart To Fear Your Name
- True Grace
- Building The Walls of Our Character
- Enduring As Seeing Him Who Is Invisible
- In the School of Learning to Endure