* inheriting the promises of God, and
In such passages we are shown how our eternal hope and the sure promises of God are very much the foundation and the means of patience with people or perseverance under difficult conditions. The word illustrates this when it says:
“so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12
“And so by persevering, Abraham inherited the promise” Hebrews 6:15
Moses was willing to leave the treasures of Egypt,
One passage that strongly stresses this prophetic element and the way it should impact our ability to endure and show undefined patience is found in the flowing passage:
You also be patient and strengthen your hearts, for the Lord's return is near. James 5:8
When He comes, he will wipe away every tear, right every wrong, and reward every faithfulness, sacrifice and acts of obedience.
Endurance and patience give us the capacity to plod on with joyous, hopeful, and loving determination in spite of disappointments, rejection, persecution, and other pressures that might otherwise cause us to throw in the towel. These two qualities give us the willingness and capacity to continue on because of a hope fixed on God as one who is compassionate and merciful, and on God’s purposes and eternal rewards.
The race God has called us to is tough. This truth is richly illustrated for us in the life of Apostle Paul. Toward the close of his life, Apostle Paul could make three statements that we should all pray that we will be able to also make. He made these statements and they were true of him because he saw his life as a drink offering, a sacrifice poured out for the Savior and because he lived with a view of heavenly treasures.
God never said it would be easy and we should never expect it to be so. Discipleship is costly. The tendency is to give in, to throw in the towel, but to have fought the good fight is to have continued to fight courageously and bravely regardless of the opposition and the opponents.
God’s power is evidenced in our lives not only in our patience and longsuffering, but also in our joyfulness. When circumstances are difficult, we should exhibit joyful patience; and when people are hard to live with, we should reveal joyful longsuffering. Apostle Paul wanted us to know God’s comfort that we might not only be comforted ourselves, but also be able to comfort others. The goal, however, goes beyond just comfort. The goal is that the Corinthians (and we too) might experience patient endurance.
But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that you experience in your patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. 2 Corinthians 1:6
Naturally, to experience godly endurance or patience, we do need the strength that only God can give, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that this strength is tied in with a joyful and thankful heart. Know these truths from God's word:
© Without trials accompanied by steadfastness or endurance, we will not and cannot grow
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James. 1:1-4)
© Endurance means waiting on the Lord in the light of the knowledge of God as revealed in Scripture; it means the enlargement and deepening of our faith
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 10:17; 15:4).