Written by: Tim Wood

Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up (2 Cor. 4:1) We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.  We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. (2 Cor. 4:8-9) That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day (2Cor. 4:16).

Thomas Edison persisted. The father of invention failed more than he succeeded but he never gave up. As a result, Edison gave the world electric light, microphones, storage batteries, sound films, phonographs, and a thousand other inventions. Here are the principles he lived by: (1) Work to obtain all the knowledge you can about what you want to achieve. (2) Fix your mind on your purpose. Persist! Seek! The trouble with most people is they quit before they start. (3) Keep searching, no matter how many times you meet with disappointment. (4) Refuse to be influenced by the fact that someone else tried the same thing and failed. (5) Stay “sold” on the idea that somewhere a solution to the problem exists, and you’ll find it. 

Nehemiah is an example of persistence. Faced with the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem and tons of opposition, he accomplished the task in fifty-two days. The Bible tells us how he persisted. First, he sought God’s help. “We prayed to our God” (Neh. 4:9 NIV). Second, he protected his vision. “We…posted a guard day and night to meet this threat” (v. 9 NIV). Third, he refused to quit. “Should a man like me run away? I will not” (Ne 6:11 NIV).  Great principles to live by: pray, protect your vision and refuse to quit. In spite of the obstacles, the enemy, and the pressure—Nehemiah refused to give up. And God honors people with such a spirit.  We will face opposition but don’t ever give up. Persist. Because God has extended his mercy to us and given us a new way to live based on his complete forgiveness. Because God will never abandon us. Even in the midst of pressing times he is with us. Finally, because God is renewing us day by day.  God honors people who faithfully persist!