May 1, 2016 – The Value of Perseverance

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Never give up.

“The good times we put in our pockets, the bad times we put in our hearts.” –Les Brown

     It has been said that William Carey worked in the mission fields of India for seven years before one convert was baptized.  Likewise, Adoniram Judson toiled for seven years in Burma before one person came to the faith.  After the breakthrough, Judson wrote to the supporting churches, “Beg the churches to have patience. If a ship were to carry me to any part of the world, I would not leave my field. Tell the brethren that success is as certain as the promise of a faithful God can make it.”
Too often we give up just before God shows up.  Ralph Waldo Emerson recorded, “A man is a hero, not because he is braver than anyone else, but because he is brave for ten minutes longer.”  I think the same sentiment applies to the work of God.
Suppose Carey or Judson gave up on their fields in the sixth year?  Suppose they stopped praying, preaching, and reaching the lost? These men were greatly used of God because they understood the value of perseverance.  If you are discouraged in your respected field, keep hanging on.  Who knows, the next ten minutes could be the difference between defeat or victory for you, heaven or hell for others

Daily Reading: 1 Chronicles 6