How to Persevere [Romans 5:3 Devotional]

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How to Persevere [Romans 5:3 Daily Devotional]

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance

Romans 5:3

This is another one of those verses that go against our human nature. When we suffer, we typically want to rebel and fight against that suffering. However, Paul is saying that we should “glory in our sufferings.” Instead of complaining and whining about our situations, Paul wants us to celebrate them. Why? Because through that suffering and the subsequent celebration of it, we produce perseverance within ourselves. When we know how to persevere, there isn’t much we can’t withstand.

How to Persevere

Perseverance is a hard personal habit to develop. If you’re like me, you prefer to be comfortable. In order to become a perseverant person, though, you have to live through tough times. Without the struggle, there is no perseverance.

So, what can you do? Figure out ways to struggle in life? No, I don’t think so. One way to build your perseverance is through a spiritual practice that has fallen out of fashion: fasting. Modern-day Christianity treats fasting as abstinence from anything, which is partially true. However, the fasting I’m talking about is a total food fast.

Generations of believers have done a food fast in some way or another, and the goal was always to develop perseverance. When you fast food, you’re depriving your body of a necessary resource in order to teach it that you can rely on Jesus in all situations. When instant gratification is withheld, perseverance is developed.

I encourage you to try fasting. Start small by skipping a meal. I don’t plan on doing anything longer than sunrise to sunset once a week, but you may feel called to do a multiple-day fast. If you do, I encourage you to first talk to your health care professional to make sure you’re in good enough health to do that.

Prayer

Father, thank you for giving me a practical way to develop perseverance. When struggles and trials come, remind me of your goodness and how you’ve always provided for me. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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