How to endure even when you think you can’t.

Are you in the middle of a situation you just feel you can’t get through?

You feel like you can’t even endure it one more day. I want you to know that you can endure one more day. And even more than endure, you can find joy in the middle of this difficult and seemingly hopeless situation.

You just need to find your why.

What would Jesus do?

Hebrews 12:2 (ESV) looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

The writer of Hebrews trying to encourage his readers points them to Jesus. And he doesn’t point them to Jesus on one of those days He’s eating and teaching His disciples by the sea. He zooms in on one of Jesus hardest days – the day of His crucifixion.

On a scale of 1 to 10 that would be a hard day for anyone – crucifixion would be the equivalent of the electric chair today. So Jesus is about to be tortured, mocked, and then executed.

Notice how the writer says Jesus responded to all of this – for the joy that was set before him endured the cross. Jesus not only endured the horrifying things He had to go through, He had joy.

Notice where this joy came from – His why.

Jesus why was bigger then what He had to face. The atonement for sin and the glorification of His father were the big Why’s that gave Him purpose. He could look to those and realize that His momentary affliction would never outweigh what was ahead.

What is your why?

So what is your why?

My hope is that as a Christian, your why is to glorify your heavenly father. Nothing you are going through right now compares to the glory that awaits you in heaven – James 1:12 ESV Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

 

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