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A Time of Endurance

The other day, my husband did a Facebook live video for our church. A verse he highlighted was Matthew 24:13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

Endure: Verb. suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently.

A similar word, given when I googled the definition, was experience.

He that shall experience unto the end, the same shall be saved. We don’t just go through or undergo and make it through; we experience. We experience the joys and sorrows, the highs and lows, the good and the bad.

But, remember the song that says, “The God on the mountain is still God in the valley. When things go wrong, He’ll make them right. And the God of the good times is still God in the bad times. The God of the day is still God in the night.”

During these days of social distancing, it is not the time to just skid through by the skin of our teeth; it’s the time, yes, the right time to experience, to intentionally endure to the end.

Times like we’re experiencing are strange and confusing to us. Some say it feels like the end of the world. Brings to mind Matthew 25:13 “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”

Liberties that Americans have been enjoying since declaring independence seem to be on the verge of being taken away. Loved ones are being tested for an illness that will isolate them in the time when they should be surrounded by family and friends.

What will be the results of these trying times? We cannot say; we cannot know. Be assured, though, we will break through the other side forever changed.

The ground we have been standing on is shaken. Our individual endurance is being mightily tested.

But, what are the things that have not changed?

Let’s list them.

God

God’s Word

Love

Truth

Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection

Salvation from sin

Remember the old hymn, “On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

Psalms 46:1-3 says God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”

Verse 10 in the same Psalm says, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Be still and trust in the truth that does not change. He is God. He will be exalted. He’s always been God’ He will always be God, no matter what.

**All Scripture was taken from the King James Version of the Bible**

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