April 7, 2024

Persistence

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking actual words of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified.”—1 Peter 4:11 NASB

History often celebrates triumphs associated with decisive moments when brilliant commanders seized the initiative. But historian Cathal Nolan reminds us that quick victories often are not as decisive as some assume. Other factors may be more important.

While armies may prevail in single battles, it often is more important to have the resources to sustain their efforts. Sometimes the decisive factors include maintaining morale and securing adequate supplies.

As an example from history, look at the campaigns of Hannibal in fighting the Romans in the third century BC. This brilliant commander produced stunning victories. Yet ultimately, he and his armies were defeated. Why? They could not sustain their triumphs.

In contrast, the Romans overcame initial losses by persistence. Fighting on their home grounds, they secured the necessary resources.

In our spiritual lives, we must be supplied for sustained effort. This means having a reservoir of spiritual resources. We must know God’s Word, be guided by His principles, and be people of prayer, with an intimate relationship with God. We need to be properly connected with the body of Christ, have the right attitude, be persistent, and don’t become weary.

Make sure you are ready. Depend on God. Be spiritually equipped. Always be prepared for battle. Be ready to be trained and disciplined. Be persistent. Walk by faith.

Reflection Question: Are you ready and spiritually equipped to endure?

Prayer
Father, help me to focus on the mission You have given me. Help me not to become discouraged. Thank You for providing everything I need. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Peter 4


Prayer
Father, help me to focus on the mission You have given me. Help me not to become discouraged. Thank You for providing everything I need. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Peter 4