I think you might agree that 2020 has been one of the most challenging years we have faced in a long time. The word “Persevere” is in my spirit as the United States prepares for the coming election and another overwhelming season of COVID-19.
The way I look at it, we have a choice. Regardless of the election results or the ongoing pandemic, there is only one thing we can do now—persevere. This is a time of spiritual muscle building. We can choose to hide under our beds (something I’m sorely tempted to do more often than I care to admit!) or—we can stand on the Word of God and persevere. Scripture says, “God will direct you, you will be able to endure.” (Exodus 18:23)
Endurance. Do I have it in me? I suspect I do. I just need a reminder I’m not alone. Maybe you need that reminder too. Many of you are facing challenges beyond this pandemic and caustic election. Yet, you are persevering because there isn’t much choice in the matter. Carrying the burdens of life by yourself though can be difficult—very difficult! Second Corinthians 4:8 says, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
You may want to throw in the proverbial towel right about now, but don’t do it! “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)You can overcome the darkness with the light of our Lord. You can do all things through him who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13)
We won’t know the election results for some time yet, and we don’t know when a safe vaccine for COVID will be available. So we keep putting one foot in front of the other, we keep helping your neighbor (as we wear a mask!); we keep fighting racism and political corruption, keep doing good in spite of evil—we persevere.
In the end, no political leader will give us what we truly need and that is the solid foundation through Christ Jesus. No pandemic or death can keep us from the love of God. (See Romans 8:38-39) Be reassured through God’s Word today and trust that no matter what—no matter how long—no matter who wins or loses—God is always there giving power to the faint and strength to the one who has no might. (See Isaiah 40:29)
Do not give up—Persevere!
I pray you find encouragement in the following Scriptures. Read them as often as you need to as you persevere: Exodus 18:23; Galatians 6:9; 2 Corinthians 4:8; Romans 12:21; 1 Corinthians 13:7; Philippians 4:13; 1 Chronicles 16:4; Romans 12:12; Isaiah 40:29; James 1:2; Psalm 6:8; Matthew 24:13.