Endure. Outlast. Continue.

The children and I were walking down a greenway one beautiful, fall day and this sweet, elderly man smiled and said to me, “You may not know it but you are living the best days of your life. Your children live with you, your body is strong and it doesn’t get better than right now.” Here was a man being nostalgic about this period of his life because he was in a different stage; his body was aging, his children leading separate lives and maybe he missed it. I tried to get the heart of what he was saying. My face is not quite overrun with wrinkles, I am still “young”,and when I lay down at night all of my children are safe and sound and under our roof. To this man this stage was the peak, the good life, the best days.

To tell you the truth, these may be the best days, but they are equally the hardest days. Meeting the demands of raising children, marriage, grocery shopping, work, homework, schedules on top of making time for other interest and things. It is undeniably challenging.

This morning while recharging, regrouping, recovering ( whatever you want to call it) from the “best days of my life” weekend, I read through Psalm 89 and it stated, ” Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.” It struck me as profound. Heaven is infinite; it always has been, is today and always will be. This verse is describing God’s faithfulness as equally infinite as heaven.

Faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute…God is faithful.

Endure, persist, outlast, stand, abide, suffer, bear, continue…God’s faithfulness endures.

Coming into such a fascinating revelation I committed to agree with this truth; through the best days, worst days, happy days and scary days I choose to remember… His faithfulness will endure. My life, my body, and my circumstances will change, but His faithfulness will only endure. Oh, how that encouraged me! It was the wide-eyed recognition that in a world of constant variation there was one thing that remained…..His faithfulness endures it all. When the worst is over and we have lost everything, we are still left with his faithfulness!

Do you know what this means?

His faithfulness outlasts our night. It endures through our trials. It makes it to the end of our conflicts. His faithfulness endures.

His faithfulness abides in my lack, stands past my inadequacy, and outlast my faults. It bears my sins, continues through my mistakes. His faithfulness endures.

His faithfulness will be with me at the same time people are against me. His faithfulness endures.

When all is said and done, when the dust has settled, his faithfulness will stand the test of time. He will be there. He will be faithful. He is with me. I am confident in this.

When we rise up from brokenness and survey it’s aftermath we will look up and He will still be standing there enduring, steadfast and strong.

When we lay our head down at the end of a challenging day, please, smile and remember: His faithfulness wins the day.

Finally, as if all of this wasn’t enough, He will outlast our troubles and bring us into victory on the wings of his enduring faithfulness.

Be encouraged, beloved. His faithfulness shall endure.

Response: Remember, his faithfulness endures. Tell that to your wrinkles, problems, fears and anything else. His faithfulness will endure. Let this truth permeate through any doubt or darkness. His faithfulness to you will outlast all suffering.

Rebecca Rogers Bio

 

Rebecca lives in Cary with her husband and 4 children. She and her husband are from Mississippi and lived in Wisconsin for 7 years before calling the Triangle home. They are the founding pastors of Bright Chapel and are passionate about equipping, loving and encouraging believers to grow towards spiritual maturity. She loves being surrounded by friends and laughter.If you were to drop in on her you would most likely find her doing laundry.

 

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