How's your Hupomone level?

 I admit my soul has been struggling a bit lately. It seems to be a such a season for many.   I want to share some great help I found in the scriptures.   Hebrews 10:32 " Think back on those early days
when you first learned about Christ.* Remember how you remained faithful even
though it meant terrible suffering. 33 Sometimes you were exposed to public
ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering
the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail,
and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew
there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. 

35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord.
Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need
now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that
he has promised. 

I began to "think back" on our early days in ministry.   Our story did not
entail jail, or  beatings.  We did not suffer for the gospel sake as described in that passage  but we did endure some public ridicule, we had things
stolen from us and lived without many luxuries that others had.   As I was
"thinking back" I don't remember ever wondering if it was worth the
sacrifice.  We were committed to follow Him the best that we could.
We found a way to count it all joy and keep on walking. We were young, strong and idealistic.  I may not be as young as I was then, nor as strong, and my idealism has mellowed with a bit of realism, but I still want to run my race with hope and joy.

Hupomone is the Greek word translated patient endurance.
It means constancy, perseverance, continuance, bearing up, steadfastness,
holding out, patient endurance.  In the Spirit filled Life Bible, page
1623 there is a helpful note called word wealth.  It describes (hupomone)
as the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with
a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists
weariness and defeat.  Wow, what a challenge.  There is a scripture
that exhorts us not to grow weary in well doing (2 Thessalonians 3:13).  I
asked the Lord a few months ago what we should do if we find ourselves weary.
I believe this is part of the answer.  Do set ourselves to patiently
endure what comes our way, not with passivity, but with a hopeful fortitude.
I believe that this hopeful fortitude will cause us to actively resist
weariness and defeat.  It will help us relax
into God's joy and peace.  If we were to drive across the country from
Washington to Florida as a child we may begin to get weary before we even leave
the state.  As an adult the drive may get tedious, but we know the journey
will take time and stamina.  By his grace and mercy, I can
"adult-up" and trust him for the journey for this season of my life

Every season of life brings new challenges.  Singles wonder
if they will ever find that special someone and may be tempted to settle for
less than their potential.  Newlyweds are amazed at how much adjustment
marriage demands on their personal space.  New parents are often shocked
by the demands of their new baby on their time, energy, finances and sleep!  Middle agers are busy parenting and taking care of parents.  I
think people in their more "senior" years are surprised by how the
demands of life still take their toll on keeping up with cultural changes, the
challenges of an aging body which doesn't function like it used to, and the
power of the wondering if their life matters.  No matter what season of
life we are in we all need that patient endurance. 

Can you do the same?  It is my prayer that we will develop
even more patient endurance to walk through the challenges we face.   Don’t forget the promise at the end of that
verse.  Patient endurance is what you
need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will.  Then you will receive all that he has
promised.

Father, I ask that you help us understand the blessing of patient endurance.  To take the time to look around, even in the muddy journey to look up and remember the who we are running this race for--our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

 

 

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living
Translation (Heb 10:32–36). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.