July 9th 2009

Perseverance — A Godly Quality

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance (perseverance, RSV) the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and finisher of our faith…”
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)

According to the New Bible Dictionary (Second Edition), the Greek verb, “proskartereo” translated into the English word, ‘Perseverance’, means, to attend constantly, continue unswervingly, adhere firmly, hold fast to. In other words the implication is steadfastness, patience, and persistence.

The bible contains many stories of men and women who possessed this quality of Perseverance. An example in this regard is the parable Jesus told in Luke18:1-8 of the importunate widow.

This widow had a certain grievance which she submitted to her local judge for resolution. “Avenge me of my adversary!” she pleaded with the judge. Unfortunately this judge had no time or patience for this poor lady, and promptly dismissed her application.

Not taking no for an answer, the lady kept returning to the judge, pleading her case until the judge decided he had to do something about it. He feared that she would weary him by her persistent coming. In the end the lady got the answer she was looking for, and her case was vindicated.

As with all the parables of Jesus, this one has spiritual implications for His followers today. We must persevere in our Christian walk, and be persistent in prayer.

Summing up the parable, Jesus said, verses 6-8, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily…”

Unlike flawed human beings, God never wearies when we take our concerns to Him, seeking His will for our lives. He is well pleased when we exercise this quality of Perseverance.

Thank you, Father, for hearing our prayers, and for bearing long with us. Help us to persevere through the trials of life, and to appreciate Your great love and concern for us. I thank you, in Jesus’ name.

Study by David Stirk