Weeping lasts for a night, but joy comes in the morning!
We are living in what can only be described as tough days. I don't know many people that aren't experiencing some difficult things in life except Jimmy Buffet. However, in the midst of all of our battles we have the promise that all tough circumstances share one thing in common - they are temporary! I my sixty plus years of life I can testify that all of my struggles eventually came to an end. Therefore, the determining factor of success in life has not much to do with how smart you are, how pretty you are, how wealthy you are or how or how well educated you are. It just boils down to how tough you are! I have always admired the boxer "Rocky" as the poster boy for what can happen in life with a good dose of "I ain't givin up"! The Bible has its own "Rocky" in it, his name is Jacob. In Genesis Jacob is found wrestling with the angel of God.The angel commanded him to "release me as the daylight is approaching". Jacob replied "I will not release you until you bless me". The angel responded "because you have wrestled with God and prevailed I will bless you". And he was blessed beyond measure! Why would our great God put this in His Word for us to read and learn from? What do I get as a life lesson from this passage? Come on man, Ray Charles could see this! Although Jacob was not an unusually gifted man, or an unusually good man (his nickname was "deceiver", he was a very tenacious man. He refused to give up when the going got tough. This Word tells me that the God of heaven is looking for someone that wants to succeed so much at family, friendship, faith, ministry, life that they will absolutely refuse to lay down when the road gets hard! Hebrews states "you have need of endurance that after you have followed the will of God you may receive the promise". Endurance! A loser is a winner that gave up just short of victory. A winner is a loser that would not quit!
Dear Jesus, you "endured the cross" to receive the prize. I pray for endurance to refuse to quit until I see what you have promised. Please replace my "wiggly worm" spine with a crow bar! All for your eternal glory!