PERSISTENCE



Persistence is an important spiritual quality. Caleb in Joshua 14:6-15 is a good biblical example of this quality. At the age of 40 he brought back a report to Moses according to his convictions that the land God brought them to was just as the Lord had promised. He was out voted in his convictions by eight others, however, Caleb did not change his mind because he said; “I followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.” For another 45 years as the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness he followed God and at age 85 still as vigorous for God as he ever was acquired the land that the Lord had promised with Joshua’s blessing. Don’t miss this, after 45 years he still held onto God’s promise. He never let go of the promise. This is what the Bible calls persistence.

When God gives you a promise you should never let go of it! Has God given you a promise? To be accurate, he has given you in his Word 7,457 promises and they are all yours to claim. If you don’t take advantage of them, they won’t do you any good. In order to claim God’s promises, you have to read them, and then take advantage of them—claim them. And like Caleb, once you have a promise never let go of it—even if you have to wait 45 years for it to be fulfilled! Never give up on God or His promises. I encourage you to take a grip on the promises of God and never release them because God honors persistence.

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