Endure

EnduranceThis is a word that makes me think of a struggle to keep on keeping on. In fact the word endure means to “suffer patiently” or “remain in existence”.  When I change the word to “endurance” it is connected to the same root word – just the “power of enduring”.  The Psalmist uses this word to describe the love of God. Check this out….

 1 Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

    his love endures forever.
2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord

    or fully declare his praise?
3 Blessed are those who act justly,

    who always do what is right. (Psalm 106:1-3 NIV)

 

The Psalmist opens up this Psalm with praise to the Lord for His enduring love. He then goes on to a history lesson of sorts of how the Lord has had enduring love for his people as they have rebelled time and time again.

I must take a look at my life and my heart as know that the Lord’s love endures for me. I’m aware that there are times I’ve hurt His heart with my choices of behavior or words. His love for me is enduring and incredibly patient as I figure out His will and His way for me to live.  I can’t begin to express my gratitude for His endurance with me while I declare His praise and try to act justly.  He loves it when I “get it”. He loves it when I “do what is right”. His love never gives up and never runs out. He defines the very word patient. I’m so thankful for His enduring love for me. I’m praising His Name because of that amazing love.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Patience & Trust

Pocket watch with timing signThese are two words that aren’t always together. Neither one is a “strong suit” of mine. I have never been known for my patience, but I’m still learning and growing. My trust in the Lord has grown a lot in recent years. There have been times that I’ve felt like I had no choice but to trust in Him. I believe that my trust in Him has grown since making the study of His Word a big priority.

In some of the Psalms I notice everyday struggles as well as monumental struggles. David is so transparent and real. I can relate to his struggle. Check this out…

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?

    How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

    How long will my enemy triumph over me?
But I trust in your unfailing love;

    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,

    for he has been good to me. (Psalm 13:1-2;5-6 NIV)

 

At the end of the day, I’m still growing in my trust of the Lord. As I get to know Him more and more, I realize that my patience will grow too. As I wait on the Lord to work in my life, my capacity for patience is expanded and rewarded. He loves it when I really trust Him with the details of my life. I’ve learned that when I don’t trust Him, I still can’t control everything. I’m a lot less stressed when I give everything over to His Will and His Timing.  I’m going to “camp out” in Trusting the Lord today.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Wait

Making a planI have established many times over that I’m not a patient person. I’m not naturally patient with my wife, my children or others – I have to work hard to wait patiently. (That probably explains why I’m not good at shopping with my wife.) Patience is a virtue that I aspire to. I’ve often heard the Lord tell me to wait on something and it’s not fun.

Jesus told His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit and it appears to me they did wait and wow did something big happen. I’m learning that when the Lord says “wait”, He’s got a very good reason for it. Check this out….

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:7-8 NIV)

I sometimes need to wait for the Power of God to move through me and in me. I don’t need to take charge on my own with anything. I need to wait for the Lord to make His moves through me on His timetable – not mine.

With the Holy Spirit in me, I have wisdom that I’ve never known. I also have discernment that is beyond my abilities. I have the deep love and mercy of the Father. After having the Presence of the Holy Spirit living in me – I can’t imagine my walk without Him.  I want to always wait on His directions and His plans then I can move.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Gone Fishing

Post it note on woodI’m not a very patient fisherman. I love going to fish if the fish are biting really quickly. I can’t stand fishing where I’m catching 1 every hour. I want to fish when I’m catching a fish every 5 minutes. I struggle a bit with being patient – period. There are a lot of people I know that love to fish and they can go fishing all day and catch 10 fish and feel like they’ve had a good day. Fishing just doesn’t really relax me – I do like riding in the boat, now that’s relaxing.

Jesus’ disciples were mostly fishermen by trade. After His death and resurrection, they were hanging out and wondering what was next. Peter announces that he’s going fishing. The others decide that sounds like a good idea. They fished with nets, which I think would be much more productive and fast way to catch fish. They were not expecting what happened next. Check this out….

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. (John 21:4-9 NIV)

These guys were doing what they were good at doing. I love how Peter doesn’t wait until they can get the boat to shore – He jumps in the water to go see Jesus. I was reminded of the time when Jesus walked on water and Peter was the first out of the boat! Jesus invites them to breakfast. He restores Peter – who loved Him deeply. John writes that if everything Jesus did were recorded the world wouldn’t hold the books.

This simple passage blessed me to know that Jesus will find me wherever I am or whatever I’m doing. He can speak into my life in so many ways and through so many different people. Fishing is therapy, but the Lord bring peace to my heart through His Word like nothing else.

Pressing On!
Dwayne