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We need perseverance. Courage gets us going, purpose gives us direction, and perseverance keeps us going because life is hard and doubts are inevitable. We don’t get into messes quickly and we don’t get out quickly either, so we need perseverance.
What is perseverance? Perseverance is the act of holding on when your circumstances and emotions say quit. Noah, Abraham, and Joseph had to persevere. Perseverance is hard because everyone has doubts. Is it really worth it? Our emotions change. We wonder if we can get out of the mess.
Even Godly people have doubts and questions, especially Abraham, Moses, and David. The first 16 verses of Psalm 73 are filled with doubt. Sometimes, doubts can be used for good because of Romans 8:28 states:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
We can wrestle with the doubts and then come to understand the Christian faith better.
Psalm 73 then turns around in verses 17-28, explaining how we overcome doubt. We need to immerse ourselves in God to overcome doubt. The psalmist Asaph went to the temple, a place of worship, to overcome the doubt. When we enter the presence of God and immerse ourselves in Him, we doubt our doubts, we get the right perspective, we choose better footing and we hold the right hand – God’s hand (Psalm 73:23-24).
Sins pleasures are short-lived; when given a choice, the righteous know that it’s better to be mistreated along with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasures (Hebrews 11:25).