In this world of great peril, nothing is permanent. In contrast to earth, there awaits for those who have truly been saved, a world without conflict and tears. A world without competition, where everyone is equal except for One. Where happiness abounds and Love reigns all the more. Where not a day goes by without worship, for everything they will be doing is to worship. That – and that alone.
And so He says, endure.
Endure your Search, and search everyday. Even in those times when searching feels like a never ending pit. Don’t lose faith, it is because God has no end. There is no shortcut, you can’t ask someone ‘where to from here?’ – as if you’re in the supermarket looking for a product you can’t locate. God is not a product, He is the producer. He is the beginning and therefore will not be found by simply asking someone else other than Him – Himself. Search for Him, for those who search for Him will find Him and will not get lost.
Endure your Suffering. Did you also have one of those days where in you say “Lord! When are you coming?” or is it just me? When waking up is a struggle and facing the world outside your room required too much sacrifice of your comfort zone? When you get anxious about life that you’re no longer living, just surviving? Barely breathing instead of thriving? When you say you want the world to end because life is just too hard to witness? If that’s true to you as well, then endure it. Endure it because everything that’s worth it is worth the agony you’ve suffered for. Endure because “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8) – endure.
Endure your Pain. The world is a cruel place made cruel by none other than ourselves. In our country, the newly elected president’s theme as he sat on the position was “change is coming” and indeed, it did. Most, if not all drug addicts here were either killed or put to drug rehabilitation houses. Human as the residents are, I can attest to the truth that some have now begun to question God’s sovereignty because of the pain that they felt – not that I have, but because I’ve read every possible article I can read about it. The number of deaths are growing rapidly resembling that of a virus that spreads a disease: fast and deadly. The pain brought to us by disappointments are nothing compared to the pain of losing a loved one yet they are as one. Applying this to Christians, this too shall end. Pain is inevitable. Much to God’s concern, our pain in this world will end and will never follow us to where we will go – endure.
Endure the Wait. To endure is to suffer patiently. Like how a suitor who waited for that “yes” experiences much joy compared to that boy who basically forced the yes out the woman’s mouth. Like how workouts work only for those people who don’t rush to see the end but enjoys the process as much as they want the results to happen. Like how a bottle of wine takes years to brew just to achieve the taste and smell that amazing aroma. God indirectly shows us how patience in suffering gives greater joy. Wait and be patient in your suffering, because God warned us “in this world you will have trouble.” Time will come when we will no longer suffer and we will be with Him. Endure in waiting, because your waiting is not in vain – endure.
Again, to endure is to suffer patiently. Knowing our human conditions, we can’t really endure. We want relief and so we go to temporary and transitory solutions. Realizing how helpless we are and how much we tend to fail, the question isn’t really ‘what to endure’ but how we could do it.
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
– Hebrews 12:2 NLT
God’s kingdom is a kingdom without pain, nor suffering. That indeed, is a sight to behold. A kingdom to look forward to. A kingdom to live for, and to endure for. A kingdom that’s worth the pain, and a King that sits on the throne who’s worth it. Run the race with great anticipation towards what lies ahead, trusting in His promises and walking with Him hand in hand. Endure.