“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7
I like the combination of being strong and not giving up. Perseverance mixed with courage is a powerful pairing. It’s difficult being strong and not giving up, unless one knows there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. That’s why I love the promise at the end of this verse. Be strong and don’t give up, it won’t all be in vain like you’re worried it will be. So often people seem to work hard for awhile and then get discouraged. It’s tough keeping up hope in the midst of difficult times. One of the hardest things in life is to keep working hard and staying strong, even when it seems like nothing is happening and God isn’t moving.
That’s why I take great comfort in verses like this about perseverance. Perseverance is a powerful character trait, and can bring about a breakthrough when nothing else does. In life, I often seem to take on projects that seem to big for me, and then after awhile, I get discouraged because nothing seems to be happening. It’s sad to start a big endeavor only to give up just before the work is rewarded. I know about my own predisposition toward discouragement, and so I take great comfort in this Bible verse, because it encourages me toward perseverance and finishing what I’ve started.