Lately, I really feel like God has really been putting the topic of persistence on my heart. It first came up when I read the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:2-6. Here’s how my Bible reads:
“…In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!”
Jesus goes on to explain that God will bring justice for His people who cry out to Him.
I also really enjoy Matthew 7:7, which says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Galatians 6:9 says, “let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
I could go on and on about the verses in the Bible that emphasize persistence and perseverance, but let’s take a look at them for what they are, shall we?
Persistence & Perseverance: What are they?
Definitions as according to Merriam-Webster dictionary online:
1) the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people