Persistence, Perseverance, and Patience
Don’t set an ambush, wicked man, at the camp of the righteous man; don’t destroy his dwelling. Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin. Don’t gloat when your enemy falls, and don’t let your heart rejoice when he stumbles, or the Lord will see, be displeased, and turn His wrath away from him. Don’t worry because of evildoers, and don’t envy the wicked. For the evil have no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out. My son, fear the Lord, as well as the king, and don’t associate with rebels, for their destruction will come suddenly; who knows what disaster these two can bring? Prov 24:15-22 (HCSB)
In this life, all who face the challenges of this world should remember will contend with wickedness, replete with obstacles to overcome, and evil plots that will stir rebellion even in your heart. However, the righteous are equipped to overcome. With God on your side, you have not only His presence but His gift of persistence, perseverance, and patience within you. These qualities are a necessity in the life of a righteous person. They are the same traits our Lord God exhibits toward us every day.
Persistence is the unyielding attitude that urges you to “never, never, never quit!” It motivates you to get back up, no matter how repeatedly you may stumble and fall, and confront the obstacle that caused you to stumble and fall. Persistence is what it takes to overcome the forces of evil that do not want us to prosper and succeed in this world.
Perseverance is the strength to stand firm when the currents run against you because the wicked of the world desires we run away. Perseverance allows us to struggle upstream while everyone else is rushing downstream, not wanting or willing to do what is right, but rather blend in with the wicked ways of the world and become like everyone else.
Patience is the trait that says though you cannot yet reach the goal you seek, the way will reveal itself in due time. The destination you seek may not be reachable but the way exists around the next bend of the road. Patience governs perseverance and persistence to enable you to overcome all obstacles and opposition to discover the life Lord God has promised you.
There will be much resistance and rebellion along the journey. Crowds will become angry mobs because they are unable to stay the course and will blame those in authority and even God. But, do not falter. A day will come when the anger will subside when the opposing current stops rushing against you, and the preferable future comes into plain view. On that day, tears of joy will flow when you see what God intended. You will also discover all the others who like you fought the good fight and are cheering you on. And, God will declare, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Choosing the right ways in this world does not guarantee they are easy ways. Quite to the contrary, there will be times your faith will be tested to the limits, your strength seemingly exhausted, and your mind, body, and heart will falter during a test of your faith, but when you align yourself to God’s will and ways, you will always find the persistence, perseverance, and patience to pass the test.
Never, never, never quit! Never retreat, offer no regret, and go forward without reservation in pursuit of God’s will and ways for your life.
Note: Like other devotions here on CoachBrown.org, the characters in the Shiloh Mystery Series (Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories; Testament, An Unexpected Return; and Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest) reflect the same choices and consequences we likewise face in our lives. How each story plays out is rooted in the values espoused by the values you find here in CoachBrown.org–over a decade of reflections applying biblical values to our lives. Visit TMBrownAuthor.com to learn more about my inspirational Southern stories.