The other day I was having a tough time. I cried because some people can be so rude and unjust. As I was bawling it out on the phone with my husband the Holy Spirit brought the word “endure” heavily to my heart. I kept hearing it over and over again. “Endure”, “endure, April.”
By the end of my 20 minute phone conversation with my husband I felt like my perspective was back in line. Tony has a great way of sharing the Word and ways of God in trying times.
Later I conducted a study as the word “endure” continued to stay heavily on my heart. Check this out… pretty cool:
English definition of Endure: Verb – 1. Suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently. 2. Tolerate (someone or something).
I wanted to go a little further so I looked up a Greek translation of the word “endure”:
The Greek word is “Hupomeno”, which means :
A1. Patience, Patient, Patiently [Noun] hupomone lit., “an abiding under” (hupo, “under,” meno, “to abide”), is almost invariably rendered “patience.” “Patience, which grows only in trial, James 1:3, may be passive, i.e., == “endurance,” as,
(a) in trials, generally, Luke 21:19 (which is to be understood by Matt 24:13); cp. Rom 12:12; James 1:12;
(b) in trials incident to service in the gospel, 2 Cor 6:4; 2 Cor 12:12; 2 Tim 3:10;
(c) under chastisement, which is trial viewed as coming from the hand of God our Father, Heb 12:7;
(d) under undeserved affliction, 1 Pet 2:20; or active, i.e. == “persistence, perseverance,” as
(e) in well doing, Rom 2:7 (AV, “patient continuance”);
(f) in fruit bearing, Luke 8:15;
(g) in running the appointed race, Heb 12:1.
“Patience perfects Christian character, James 1:4, and fellowship in the patience of Christ is therefore the condition upon which believers are to be admitted to reign with Him, 2 Tim 2:12; Rev 1:9. For this patience believers are ‘strengthened with all power,’ Col 1:11, ‘through His Spirit in the inward man,’ Eph 3:16.
Referenced from Gospelhall.org
That blows my mind!!!
So then I looked up “Patient” because we all know how to use that word in a sentence but sometimes the most eye-opening experiences come from checking out the definition:
Adjective – Able to wait without becoming annoyed or anxious.
Do you think God might be telling you to endure right now? I know rotten times – trust me. I know what it feels like to be wrongfully accused or judged. I know what it’s like to have someone talk down to you or belittle you. You are not alone.
Endure, my friend … Endure.