By Darren Lim, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional.
One of the things our team at work have been doing recently to maintain some sort of social connection and to enable some of the newer members of our team to get to know one another is something called coffee roulette. Basically you’re paired up with another member of the team at random and you set up a virtual coffee with them. It’s simple but an effective and welcome way to break up what can become just another day in the same remote working environment.
During these virtual coffees I’ve had the opportunity to learn bits about people’s lives and journey to where they are today. For those who have immigrated to Australia, when you take the time to listen to a lot of their stories, it is typically one of persevering through some fairly challenging circumstances – moving countries due to civil unrest, corrupt governments, lack of opportunities for jobs, the list goes on. Their stories match to many of the stories I hear from friends and family who have also migrated from their own countries in order to find a better life for their immediate family and future generations.
If there is one theme that I would draw as a common thread throughout it is that perseverance regardless of circumstance is key. The journey is never easy and the challenges are constant, but you make it work and you do what it takes to persevere and survive. In the same way our journey of faith and trust in God is one of perseverance and a willingness to do whatever it takes to maintain our focus on what his word tells us: “but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” (Hebrews 3:6)
Oswald Chambers explains it like this:
Maintain your intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the perseverance of faith. Proclaim as Job did, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him” (Job 13:15). Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion, but is strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know him. Disaster occurs in your life when you lack the mental composure that comes from establishing yourself on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the supreme effort of your life – throwing yourself with abandon and total confidence upon God.
Today you may be facing a significant challenge or uncertainty as a result of everything that’s going on in your life – our prayers and thoughts go out to you. My hope is that you would keep faith, take whatever action you need to move forward, and commit the outcome to God in prayer – persevere!
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.I Peter 1:6-9