I know what endurance is. Endurance is the ability to endure hardship over a prolonged period of time. I need endurance.
I know what patience is. Patience is the capacity to tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. I need patience.
I know the circumstances that create and increase my need. Fracturing my tibia creates and increases a need for endurance. In so many ways. Looking at our financial resources and trying to plan for the future? That creates and increases a need for patience. Wanting my boys to behave like 30 year old men when they are 4, 7 and 9? That creates and increases a need for patience. Resisting Satan’s temptations, the same ones I’ve had over the last 10-15 years? That creates and increases my need for endurance.
What are the things in your life that call for endurance and patience?
Nows here’s the thing that blew me away. Here’s the thing that surprised me. Here’s the thing that I never really thought about putting together.
Endurance WITH joy.
Patience WITH joy.
Joy is a calm delight. A great gladness.
In my world the circumstances that call for endurance and patience do not usually bring joy.
But, here it is. In Colossians 1:11 Pauls is praying for the saints in Colossae and he puts these things together.
“for all endurance and patience with joy”
Paul prays that they might have endurance with joy and patience with joy. But he is not praying that they would have some kind of super power to just be greatly glad even though things are really hard. Nope. Instead, Paul is saying, “Let me ask God to help you!”
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.
Paul is praying for strength and power and might so that patience with joy and endurance with joy can be had. It won’t be something they can muster up on their own. It won’t be something that comes from inside of them. It will be something that God gives to them supernaturally. As a gift.
Paul is praying that the type of strength and power and might that brought a man back to life after three days would be given to me. To you. So that you can endure the injury and the temptations WITH joy.
Paul is praying that the type of strength and power and might that brought a man back to life after three days would be given to me. To you. So that you can have patience in your finances and with your kids and have that patience WITH joy.
Here’s a simple prayer to pray this week:
Jesus, I am weak. You are strong. You conquered the grave. All strength and power and might are yours. Jesus, will you please strengthen me? Will you please strengthen me with your power and your might so that I might endure with joy and have patience with joy? Please, keep my eyes on you. Amen.