Perseverance is not giving up. The Bible does not promise a life of instant success. The road to victory is often long and difficult, but Jesus helps us to continue faithfully. And we have this promise: whoever perseveres will receive the reward that God has prepared. See how these seven people in the Bible persevered and won:
Joshua was born a slave in Egypt, along with the rest of the Israelites. He only saw the liberation of his people, under the leadership of Moses, when he was 40! After that, Joshua still had to wait another 40 years before entering the promised land, because of the sin of the other Israelites. But, all the while he was in Egypt, and then in the desert, Joshua did not give up on following God.
In the face of the challenges they faced, many other Israelites lost hope and turned to idolatry. They had seen the power and wonders of God but had no endurance. Therefore, they did not receive their inheritance. Joshua was different. He saw everything and decided to put all his trust in God ( Joshua 1: 6-7 ). The wait was long and difficult, but in the end, he led Israel to conquer the promised land. Joshua persevered and received his promised inheritance.
Read Joshua’s full story here .
Ana was sterile but very much wanted to have a child. Year after year she prayed for a son, with great sadness, but with no answer. Even so, Ana did not abandon her faith or reject God. She kept asking, putting all her trust in God.
One day Hannah was praying in the temple and promised that if she had a child, she would be dedicated to God ( 1 Samuel 1: 9-11 ). The priest told her that she was going to get what she asked for and she came home and got pregnant. His son Samuel grew up in the temple and became a great prophet in Israel. God blessed Ana for her perseverance and faithfulness and gave her five other children! Those who persevere can receive much more than they expect.
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God Himself called Job blameless! He served God from the heart, in good times and bad. Job was very blessed for his faithfulness and had everything good: wealth, family and health. But one day he lost everything. His children died, his goods were stolen, and Job became very ill. Even so, Job persevered.
In his suffering, Job questioned many things, such as the reason for living and the actions of God, but he did not stop believing in God and putting his trust in him. Hence, Job is mentioned as a great example of perseverance in suffering in the Bible ( James 5: 10-11 ). Job persevered in his faith and God restored his health, gave him even more wealth and blessed him with many descendants.
See also: why did God allow Job to suffer?
Few prophets suffered as much as Jeremiah. For faithfully preaching God’s message, he was considered a traitor, scorned, beaten, imprisoned … All by his own people! And finally, he saw the destruction he had prophesied when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem. But in the midst of all this, Jeremiah did not stop obeying God.
Perseverance does not mean always being happy. Jeremiah went through a depression and even wanted to die! But, because of perseverance, he endured and overcame all difficulties ( Jeremiah 1: 17-19 ). Jeremiah did not give up and his legacy was an entire book of the Bible.
Nehemiah accepted a great challenge: to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The city had been destroyed years before by Nebuchadnezzar, his land was now subjugated to an empire, his people were discouraged and broke and their enemies did not want to see construction take place. But God had placed that purpose in Nehemiah’s heart and he did not give up.
During construction, Nehemiah received death threats and still had to resolve conflicts and injustices among the Jews who were restoring the walls. He was even advised to flee, to save himself! But in the face of all the pressure, Nehemiah persevered. Thanks to his leadership, the city walls were rebuilt and the Jews began to restore Jerusalem with a new spirit ( Nehemiah 6: 15-16 ).
Read here the incredible story of Nehemiah and the reconstruction of the Jerusalem wall.
Paul was very successful as a missionary, but he also suffered a lot. Everywhere he preached, Paul made enemies. He was run out of many cities, attacked, arrested, accused of being a fake and even suffered assassination attempts! In addition, his voyages were dangerous and he was shipwrecked three times ( 2 Corinthians 11: 24-27 ).
Many people think that preaching the gospel is not worth so much suffering. But Paul loved Jesus and loved his neighbor so much that he was not discouraged by the problems. His love helped him to endure. And the results were incredible! Paul founded many churches among various peoples and wrote half of the New Testament books. Even today, Paul’s perseverance blesses many people.
Jesus is our greatest example of perseverance. The Bible says that he was tempted in every way and went through many sufferings while he was here on earth (
Hebrews 2: 17-18
). He was rejected by those he came to save and faced much opposition, despite being the son of God. But Jesus did not give up on us.
For the love of the Father and us, Jesus endured to the end. He went through the worst humiliation and torture, death on the cross, without sinning. Because of your perseverance, we can all have access to God and salvation! And God the Father exalted Jesus over all things.
When you are discouraged and it seems that the blessing is taking too long, don’t give up. Persevere to the end and you will have victory in Jesus.