Perseverance by Johnny
Ernest Shackleton expedition on the Endurance to cross Antartica by foot; Trapped for 9 months; Expedition abandoned; Abandoned dream only want to get home.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4 NIV)
In contrast with our desire for quick changes & quick solutions, we need to realize that God is in control of the situation & knows the situation that we are in.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NIV)
The team were in an impossible situation. There was no rescue ship. No one thought they would survive through this ordeal. But don’t give up. God’s power is more powerful than any difficult situation. Persevere through difficulty. Be faithful through prayer. He can change people & situations.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12 NIV)