Welcome to my twelfth blog!!!!🙂
If you love hiking or have ever hiked, in a group of people. You know one of the reasons we do this is to build endurance.
When you are climbing to the top of a mountain, there is a point you will get extremely tired. And you may not want to go on. But since you haven’t reached the top of the mountain. You have to keep on going so that you can finish and conquer the mountain.
And this is why it is one of the reasons most team building practises may involve hiking. Even hiking a mountain. To build endurance.
Then what is endurance? You may ask. Endurance is the ability to remain firm under suffering or misfortune. Without yielding though it’s difficult. It’s not giving up in times of difficulties. Hence when you hike, you are able to build your spirit of endurance. This is helpful in helping you to achieve your goals.
Abraham had a difficult choice to make. And he had to endure so as to please God. God told Abraham to give Him his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice on mount Moriah. God had taken a long time to give them a son. And now He wanted him as a sacrifice. The only son Sarah had, was going to be a sacrifice. Abraham definitely had a tough choice to make.
Without telling neither Isaac nor Sarah what he was up to? He took Isaac to the mountain to do what God had told him to do. While they were still on their journey, Isaac questioned his father about the lamb that was to be sacrificed. He hadn’t seen one. There was the wood and knife but there was no lamb.
Abraham told his son,he shouldn’t worry God was going to provide a lamb. When they got to the mountain, Abraham prepared the altar. He placed his son on it ready to offer him. I wonder if he said his last goodbyes to his son.
Anyway, before he could do what God had commanded him to do. God had provided the lamb. And the angel who was sent told him it was a test from God. And because of his obedience. God had blessed him. And he would have more decendants than the stars at night. Or the sand on the beach.
Endurance is all Abraham needed to get his blessing. All the time he was agonizing whether to obey God and sacrifice his only son. God was with him because he was just testing his faith.
When it is hard and you don’t know what to do. Just remember to follow God’s word because the hardship you are facing might be a test from God. At the end of it, there is a reward waiting for you just like Abraham.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Endurance needs strength. Ask Jesus to give you strength to endure your hard times. And when you reach the end you will get your reward.
Galatians 6:9, Let’s not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.