Let’s start with some definitions:
Endure – to put up with; has the connotation of gritting your teeth, stiff upper lip and getting through somehow
Persevere – steadily going on, refusing to give up, no matter what comes
Now let’s consider the following:
Isn’t it great that the heroes of the Bible were just common, ordinary people just like us? David, a king, a man after God’s own heart was one of them. In reading many of the Psalms David wrote we find him crying out and yes, complaining about false friends, enemies after his life and asking God for help, protection and even vengeance on those against him. Listen to what he said in Psalm 55:4,5″
“My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me.”
In the next verse (v.6) he says:
“Oh, that I had the wings like a dove; for then would I fly away and be at rest.”
Would he really be at rest? No, and he realizes this as he writes (v.7)
“Lo, then I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness.”
His pain and fears would not be gone; they would only follow him into the wilderness as he would continue to endure it all.
Instead, he chose to persevere through his difficulties as he writes:
“As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon, will I pray and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice. He shall deliver my soul in peace from the battle that was against me.” (V.16,17,18)
We can run or quit, but that changes nothing and it only keeps us enduring whatever is battling against us. Or, we can persevere in faith and courage because we know Who is in control of all things and trust Him to see us through all our trials (as David did).
No, life is not easy, but let’s persevere. And we can as we claim the truth in Ps. 55:22:
“Casting all our burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you.”
Don’t give up – there’s hope at our door.