The Endurance of Faith

    1. David has a whole people, the Ziphites, agreeing to help Saul find him and turn him over to Saul, though, David’s in no more danger of getting captured now than before.
    2. It feels a lot worse, though. David and his hundreds of men are on the run. I can’t imagine it’s easy to be on the run with hundreds of men.
    3. This is where it calls for the endurance of faith.
    4. David has already been anointed king. He’s living in the woods on the run.
    5. David doesn’t get to throw a baby fit and cry about how he’s supposed to be king. He gets to go through this training. This is a humbling. This is a training on relying on God.
    6. It’s a lot harder to rely on God when everything is going well. We tend to get comfy and forget that we are really relying on God for EVERYTHING, from our breath and heartbeat to our food and shelter to our soul’s keeping.
    7. We are to give thanks for all things not because we’re commanded to but because we’re supposed to be actually thankful for all things!
    8. Can you be thankful that God is at work in and through whatever situations you are facing? Why wouldn’t you be thankful?
    9. Haven’t you prayed to be saved?
    10. God’s working out His salvation in and through your circumstances. You’re getting more and more like Jesus, preparing to fulfill the good works God has created for you to do here on earth and throughout eternity.
    11. This life is the boot camp training for our positions for eternity. Let’s give thanks for our lessons so that we can be ready to serve.
    12. 1 Peter 5:3-5 reads, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
    13. Endurance training is a crucial part of the process.
    14. It’s he who endures to the end who will be saved (Matt. 24:13
    15. Don’t grow fearful over that! It’s by God’s grace that we do anything. It’s His strength that will enable us to endure.
    16. That’s why He’s so keen to train us to rely on Him!
    17. We can’t do it ourselves and He wants us saved and with Him! He loves you so much!