ENDU'RANCE, n. [See Endure.] Continuance; a state of lasting or duration; lastingness.
1. A bearing or suffering; a continuing under pain or distress without resistance, or without sinking or yielding to the pressure; sufferance; patience.
There is pain in this world, and it takes many forms—physical, mental, emotional, even spiritual. Sometimes it creeps up slowly, digs its claws into our lives and settles in for the duration. Sometimes it makes a sudden appearance and leaves just as swiftly as it came. Sometimes it stumbles in, tripping over the circumstances of our lives, bumping and bruising with abandon. And usually, it is unexpected and unwelcomed.
Despite our earnest desire to avoid dread pain, this remains the reality of a fallen world “for man is born for trouble as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). So why don’t we ready ourselves by arming for battle? Is there a weapon that would serve in any contingency? There is. It is joy. Are you incredulous? That is understandable, but your incredulity does not change the wisdom of the weapon.
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:3-4).
This conveys the enormity of the Lord God Almighty. He takes those difficulties His children will surely endure, and causes them to work together for our good. He grows us through them. He makes us stronger and better able to glorify Him. He takes our joy and multiplies it abundantly beyond anything we can imagine.
For our part, we must stay the course (endure). In doing this, we position ourselves to watch with sweet anticipation the mighty things the Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, will do on our behalf—within our circumstances and beyond them—as we patiently place our trust in Him.
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock" (Isaiah 26:3-4).