HANG IN THERE

  One of my favorite sayings is, “Hang In There.”  I find myself saying it more and more. To the sick, to the troubled, to those that are hurting, I say, “Hang In There.”

  I thought about this as I read about Diana Nyad completing the historic Cuba to Florida swim.  What an amazing feat.  She became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, some 103 miles, taking 53 hours.  The swim was not easy.  She said, “With all the experience I have, especially in this ocean, I never knew I would suffer the way I did.  For 49 hours the wind just blew like heck, and it was rough.  At one point, she was vomiting because she had so much salt water in her system and was shivering.  She sang lullabies to help her relax.  She had attempted this swim four times but now at age 64, she finally accomplished her dream.  Nyad said, “I got three messages” an exhausted and happy Nyad told reproters. Her facce sunburned and swollen. “One is we should never, ever give up.  Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams.  Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.” She hoped that she can serve as some sort of inspiration.  I think she accomplished that.

  God promised that our struggle here in this world is limited. The Apostle Peter writing to the Christians said, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”   I Peter 5:10   Note that “a little while.”  The Apostle Paul in the 2nd Corinthian letter chapter 4,  verses 16 – 18 declares it like this: “Therefore we do not lose heart. (Don’t quit – Hang in there) Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes, not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”   

  After the stern testings, after the bitter anguish, after shameful stumbling, the Lord will gather His people unto Himself.  We can hang in there because suffering is just for “a little while.”  Suffering is a natural part of the Christian life.  This life is not a bed of roses. Life is a struggle, a battle, to the very end.  “It is the end of your faith, that is the salvation of your soul.”  God has promised, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;”  We do not go it alone, He is with us.  We have hope for a better tomorrow.  God will give to His children all the blessings of Heaven.
We move on our pilgrim journey with abiding faith in God who holds the universe in the hollow of His hand. Be hopeful.
The pain has an end. The struggle will not go on forever. 

   Hang in there, the glory is soon to come.  It will be worth it all.

3 Responses to “HANG IN THERE”

  1. I really loved this devotion It’s so true about we should never give up .One of my favorite sayings us Just roll with the punches !!The Bug Chief if the Statesmens Quartet taught me that one .Thank you fiords the devotions Have a great week God bless you and Joann

  2. How often have I heard you say to someone, “Hang in There” And we pray for this person. Some times I just wonder ” I am so blessed” . I really have no troubles, but when I do, I know who I have to help me “Hang in There” For HE has in the past.
    Love you, Joann

  3. There are going to be setbacks take place in life. We’re going to experience health problems. Finances won’t always be as abundate as we’d lie. And, relationships will be strained at times. Yet it’s not those trials that define us, but how we persevere through them with hopeful, prayerful patience that God is going to do something great.
    When others look at my life, they won’t define it by my struggles, but how I faithfully persevered through them. Right now my family & I are facing my wife, Roberta’s, serious heart problems which medical expertise can’t fix, but we know in Christ, we have everything we need to keep going forward with our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus! Only the Lord knwos what is best for His Kingdom & for each of His children. We absolutely trust whatever He decides! All the praise and glory belongs to Him.

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