Last week, we focused on discipline over apathy. This week, we’re talking about discipline’s trusty sidekick: Perseverance. They are basically inseparable. Like any good superhero duo, wherever you find one you’ll find the other not far behind. Anyone who is truly disciplined also has perseverance.
It’s easy to seem “disciplined” until that first opposition shows up. “I’m going to work out every morning,” quickly turns into, “I’m sore and that was really hard.” “I’m going to eat better” falls into “Hello pizza and chocolate cake!” When things get challenging, when it’s no longer convenient, or when we get discouraged, it’s easy to throw in the towel. That’s why perseverance is what we desperately need.
Consistently throughout the New Testament we are told that the Christian faith is a lot like running a race. Are you going to quit or are you going to persevere? Are you going to go on when you feel like giving in? Are you going to “finish the race and complete the task the Lord has given you” (Acts 20:24)?
In the story of Nehemiah rebuilding the wall, we get important clues about perseverance in chapter 4 verse 6. It tells us not only how much work the people did but it hints at their attitude towards it. Reading multiple translations can help better paint the picture. The clear consensus is that this group was committed, determined, and enthusiastic despite the opposition around them.
That doesn’t happen by accident! If you want to develop true perseverance, you must stay close to God. Let Him build perseverance brick by brick. This week let's see what we can learn from Nehemiah as he rebuilds the wall while facing some harsh opposition. Join me in asking God to help us at Southland to become people of perseverance.
You don’t need this devotional to remind you that life is hard. We all know that. The question is: Are you going to persevere? Are you going to be one of the ones that stays the course? Talk to God about your resolve to keep going.