by Carolyn Hope
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:2-3)
Besides articles, pronouns, prepositions, and conjunctions, there is only one word used twice in these verses: “endured.” We are aware that Jesus went through the worst possible experience there could ever be for our sake. He didn’t simply get through the beatings, the lashes, the nails, and the cross; Jesus endured. Dictionary.com defines ‘endure’ as “to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; undergo.”
The pain and suffering Jesus bore did not change Him. It did not deter His mission from the Father, and it could not dampen the fire in His heart. His love for us held out against death and the grave. His love won the victory!
Many times when we’re going through something rough and unpleasant, we just want to ‘get through.’ Our focus is on getting out of that misfortunate circumstance as quickly as possible. There is nothing wrong with wanting such times to be over, but I want to encourage you to endure. Let the process unfold. Let Jesus be glorified in your response to your situation.
It’s in the depth of darkness that light shines the brightest; it’s under the greatest pressure that the truest beauty comes forth. Rise up and let your heart present itself. Painful circumstances are often the time that God uses to display His glory within us. Let yourself be a beacon of hope and truth as you endure for His sake. This is resolve; to not simply remain, but to rise up and let all that’s within you present itself to the world.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe