Friday, September 1, 2017

In this passage, the term endurance is from the Greek word hupomania, which is frequently translated "patience." Used here, it connotes more the product or consequence, of patience, which is endurance. Patiently enduring trials, while trusting in the Lord, develops endurance which has a lasting quality. Patience is needed only as long as the affliction or trouble is present. When it's over, patience has no purpose. However, endurance is a permanent inner quality of strength, which increases each time a trial is patiently and trustingly endured.

Paul assures us that "no temptation has overtaken you but such as is common

to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it." (Cor. 10:13). The Lord will not allow His children to face anything that they cannot, in His power and provision, survive. A new believer, in fact most believers, could not endure many of the trials that the apostle Paul encountered. But we will never be called on to face such trials unless the Lord has prepared us as He prepared Paul.

Perhaps the best example of this truth is found in John 18. When Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane, the soldiers were ready to arrest the disciples with Him, but He "asked them, 'Whom do you seek?' And they said; 'Jesus the Nazarene.' Jesus answered, "I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way" (John 18: 7-8). John explains that Jesus said that to "fulfill the word which He spoke, 'Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one" (John 18:9; cf. 17:12). The Lord knew that the disciples were not yet strong enough to survive such an ordeal, and He graciously protected them.