My Journey On Cultivating Quiet Endurance
When the storms of life appear unexpectedly in our midst, it’s common for us to respond with anxiety and overwhelming fear. My journey on cultivating quiet endurance has not developed overnight. God had to take me through years of development and maturing to understand that despite the difficult trials and tests, it is possible for our souls to endure peacefully and quietly. Isaiah 23:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” I believe the key to quiet endurance is to keep your heart passionately and unwavering upon the Lord. For the moment we fix our eyes unto our circumstances, doubt and panic arises, and our faith is swallowed up.
But how do we learn to trust God? How can we learn to trust in Him, even though we are in painful heartbreak when we think about the fact that He has allowed trials and tests to take place?
Does the Lord delight in our pain and suffering? No. But He does see the fruit that can take place in our hearts during such testing seasons. “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
As you know, the christian journey is not about being flooded with blessings and happiness throughout every moment of our lives. Rather, it’s about taking up our cross and following Jesus Christ. During His time on earth, the Lord Jesus was someone who was much acquainted with sorrows. “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” – Isaiah 53:3. The Son of God, glorious in splendour, had to surrender daily to the will of the Father. Regardless of the pain and difficulty. But He trusted in the flawless and unfailing love of the Father. He could comprehend that the Father had a greater plan, despite the sufferings that had to take place. Jesus knew how to live from a place of surrender within quiet endurance.
Are we enduring quietly and trusting in the Lord? He understands every detail of pain that is squashing our hearts to hope deferred. But we must trust in our loving and gracious Father, that He is indeed with us, and His master plan is greater than what we can expect.
Elisabeth Elliot once said, “There is no remedy for fear besides trust.”
Let us trust in the Lord today, and not lean upon our own understanding. ♡
Lots of love, Devona ♡
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