MORNING MEDITATIONS AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
This thing called, 'Enduring' is hard! To endure simply means to bare
and take whatever the situation brings. It means to hang in there till the end!
I can tell you, from personal experience, it's a hard thing to do depending on the severity of the trial.
Job endured, Joseph endured, Hannah endured, Elisabeth endured, David endured, Stephen endured, the Apostles endured, the Apostle Paul endured, Elijah endured, and Jesus endured. We all know their stories of various challenges and hardships.
The thing with enduring is this; it is actually for our benefit and God's glory. God gives the grace (ability) to endure what He brings our way. Enduring hardship allows us to gain a greater capacity for handling greater hardships. I know exactly what you're thinking, "Who in the world wants to add to the trials they already have or even want to go through more?" Well, God does have a point to it all.
Each of the individuals named above went through tough situations. Their faithfulness to the Lord and their service to Him did not exempt them from suffering. God does show us the end of each person's situation and what happened to them during the process of enduring. Some of them even lost their lives due to suffering and hardship while others survived and gained a greater testimony of God's grace and God's power.
There is always a bigger picture to what God allows into our lives. I'm not speaking about the things we get ourselves into, but simply the things that happen to us while we are walking in obedience to Him.
While enduring trials, our character is being developed. In essence, the quality of what's being tested will show what our character is in the end.
God gave Elisabeth the grace to endure. It was a shameful thing to not be able to get pregnant. You were seen as less than a woman and something had to be wrong with you. God gives us the enablement to handle certain pressures and circumstances in life.
When we 'Go Through', suffer, or endure under fiery trials, God is looking to see His reflection in us. Hard times prove who we really are in Christ. As our brokeness is exposed, Jesus is seen. A Christian who suffers proves who Christ is. Enduring transforms us into pure gold for God's glory!