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Persistence

We’ve all been given a gift, it might be athletic, academic or a creative talent. Just because we have talent doesn’t mean we are going to be great at something right away. Lee Halfpenny couldn’t kick a rugby ball great distances the first time he picked up the ball se puede comprar viagra sin receta medica. Billy Graham’s first sermon probably wasn’t spectacular. In both cases these men practiced a lot and their persistence paid off.

The same is true in our spiritual lives. In the book of Joshua the Israelites were cultivating a gift – the towns allotted to them after reaching the ‘Promised Land’. The nation of Israel was a ragtag group of nomads that didn’t yet have a place to call home.  Joshua dictated what part of the ‘Promised Land’ each tribe would get, but there was a catch, the Israelites had to conquer the territories in their possession. It would take years of persistence and they still wouldn’t drive out all of the people living there but eventually they became a great and powerful nation.

In Luke 18:1-8 – Jesus reminds us of another type of persistence – Prayer. Jesus admonishes us to keep praying, even if it seems like God isn’t listening. In both stories the Bible reminds us that God rewards persistence. Is there something God’s called you to that you’re ready to give up on? A prayer that seems to far fetched to continue praying? Don’t quit! ‘For in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.’ Galations 6:9.