Everyone loves a good party. Some like to be at the party when it starts so they can find the best spot to sit or stand. Some like to come in fashionably late and others like to shut the party down and start the after party. There’s also a group of people out there, and you may be one of them, that never stay until the end of the party. You always leave just before it’s over. Is that you? I know a beautiful lady at my church that’s teaching her daughter this latter principle. (HAHAHA, thanks MM). So if you one of those kids that was taught you this principle, this relove blog post is for you.
So as I’ve heard it said about what fish and relatives during holidays have in common, they are good for three days and then you need to throw them out. Thank God, it’s not that way with Him. God thrives on sticking with you and sticking by you and we should all develop this same attitude.
Persistence is power, and sometimes not taking no for an answer is the right thing, even with God.
There is a perfect example of this in the scripture of the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus to save her demon possessed daughter.
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” 25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” 28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. (NIV)
This unnamed woman approached Jesus with His Messianic title as the Son of David and was persistent with Jesus, even at the expense of perhaps looking and sounding like a fool in front of other people. Her persistence released her blessing.
In other situations, unlike the parent in the party situation above, it’s good to stay long time. In 1 Samuel, Hannah, who was unable to have children, went to the temple to pray to God. As Hannah was pouring her heart out to God, even the man of God thought she was drunk. But Hannah was persistent with the man of God, saying…
“Oh no, sir—please! I’m a woman hard used. I haven’t been drinking. Not a drop of wine or beer. The only thing I’ve been pouring out is my heart, pouring it out to God. Don’t for a minute think I’m a bad woman. It’s because I’m so desperately unhappy and in such pain that I’ve stayed here so long.” Eli answered her, “Go in peace. And may the God of Israel give you what you have asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:15-17 MSG)
This woman stayed long in the Master’s house. And the results were the release of God’s favor over her life.
My prayer today is that you are persistent in the pursuit of what God has already promised in His Word. Even if you do not see it in your children, aren’t experiencing it on your job and can’t even imagine it in your family life right now, be persistent. Never Give Up…Persistence is POWER.
Be well, my friends.