“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you”. (I Peter 5:10).
Since God settles you, you will stand firm to the end definitely. Make attempt for that. Make a vow that “I should stand firm on the call God gave me. I should be firm in the path of God’s ministry. I have to fight to the end. I will never step back.”
God is always willing to settle you. “But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show my power in you and that my name may be declared in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16). David carried the promise of God on him and said “As for me, you uphold me in my integrity and set me before your face forever.” (Psalm 41:12).
Robert Bruce was a ruler of England and once his enemies fought with him and captured his kingdom. But he again and again fought with them and number of fights he waged to get back his kingdom stood at eighteen. The opponent king came in search of Robert Bruce to kill him but he went into a cave and hided there.
There in the cave he saw a spider making all out efforts in weaving a net. I had to struggle a lot in carrying the yarn from one side to other. Without doing that it cannot weave and hence it made never ending efforts to progress. After repeated efforts the spider succeeded in its mission and at last sat handsomely in the centre of the net.
The faith king who saw this was strengthened. He became bold too to oppose the other king. The people who were chasing the king came to the cave and doubted whether the king will be hiding inside or not. One of the soldiers pointed out the net woven by the spider and asked others how the king could go inside the cave when such a net is intact on the entrance. They decided that the king could not have gone into the cave and so went away without searching inside. In his next attempt he encouraged his soldiers, fought against his enemies and won over them.
“For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,” (Hebrews 3:14). “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12).
Even the walls of Jericho did not fall when they went around for the first time. Only after they made 13 attempts to go around it, the walls crashed. (Joshua 6:3-5)
To meditate: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:2-3)