February 17th – The Long Haul

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You are meant for eternity. Many a load I will give to you, [and it] will not pass quickly. Time has less bearing than the [results of] training from the trial. My heart does not rejoice in your suffering, but in the strength gained there is great rejoicing. Many a load I will not lift, but he (you) who carries will not die, but gain. All is measured by My hand. Strength gained and strength given through the asking are great rewards. When the trial ends, the strength of the man remains. The troubles of work and family ebb and flow. With My Word placed firmly, and with petition (to the Lord), you build an eternal strength. Do not curse the trial, for the runner curses not the track, and he who lifts (weights) curses not the weight – for it is the challenge that brings the result. Embrace the long difficulties; I have given them that you would know [lasting] strength and My company and power along the way.

Gen 8:13 (ESV) – In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.

Bottom Line: Easy lives do not yield strong followers of Christ. Our challenges are there for an eternal reason. When they finally pass, we will be stronger because of them if we don’t let our hearts become hardened. Stand firm, ask for His help, and the “work” of life will pay off in strength for eternity. And His Word will do its work in you.

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