10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessedthose who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
It’s remarkable how many times the New Testament encourages us to preserve through suffering. Romans 12:12 says Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. James 1:12 says Blessed is the one who preservers under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. Revelation 2:10 says Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Each time the bible reminds us that this suffering is not in vain.
How much do I trust that “the Lord is full of compassion and mercy”? And how much more difficult would that be to believe when facing trials and tribulations?
It’s so important to believe in this now before these happen so that I’m ready to stand firm when it gets tough.
God I pray that You may be the one to preserve us through this time. Whether the tribulation is for now or for later, one is certain and that is that life isn’t going to be easy. When it gets to that point when we’re all in doubt – remind us God that you are full of compassion and mercy.