”You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrew 10:36 NIV)
The story is told of a young man, we will call him Abe, and early in life he had the ambition to be elected as a Member of Parliament. When that hope went away he decided he’d try his hand at commerce. Again he failed miserably, and during the following seventeen years he spent considerable time attempting to repay a debt incurred by an incompetent associate on his behalf.
From there his next attempt was to be elected to the USA Congress, but again he was defeated. He was elected to the States Senate but was defeated for speaker. He was then defeated for re-nomination for Congress and lost by a wide margin. He then offered himself as a candidate for the post of Vice President. He lost once again and in 1858 when he sought the Presidency he was defeated by a man named Douglas.
However, at the end he won, and maybe you have guessed by now that the story concerns one of the USA’s most celebrated Presidents ever, Abraham Lincoln. He accomplished this on the basis that he never gave up. Instead he was brave enough to try again, to seek the vision that was implanted in his mind.
Jesus, forgive me that I find it so easy to give up when facing the slightest head-wind. Help me to learn endurance from Abraham Lincoln. Help me to dare to try again, help me to do Your will. One day then, I will receive that which You have promised.