I was surprised to hear about the time Elvis Presley bombed! We do not often hear of the failures of the greats but only their successes. A teenage Elvis performed only once at the Opry in 1954. He vowed never to sing there again. During that time only country music was featured. With his rhythm, blues and body gyrations, the reaction of the audience was tepid at best! The manager advised Elvis to return to his truck driving position in Memphis! I am so glad he did not listen.
Today’s verse teaches that perseverance can be developed out of hard times and perhaps even failure. Perseverance is not born out of wishful thinking but out of suffering. It is the ability to stay the course regardless of the obstacles. Remaining faithful, keeping that promise or shouldering on with the right choice rather than compromise; it all requires perseverance in the face of hardship. Out of continuing on, character is built and our hope in eternal reward grows stronger.
I am a wimp when it comes to suffering in any form. But I know that the Lord does not exempt me from it. It is so often in the suffering that my faith deepens and my knowledge of His heart grows too. It is good to know as well that perseverance , character and hope have a fighting chance to develop in me. But it is all grace. It is God who is giving me that endurance and encouragement I so need to keep on keeping on (Rom. 15:5). He is the One who brings positive outcomes out of what can look so hopeless.
Lord, keep me faithful to You no matter what!