The Bible has a wide variety of inspiration verses, on a number of different topics, many of which are perfect for our current set of economic and social difficulties. When I need something to pick me up, I always turn to the Bible and read what it has to say about perseverance to help get me out of my current slump. In America today, perseverance is something that's definitely under-appreciated by society. That's too bad, since we've seen time and again that having a persevering mentality and spirit can really be the difference in finding your dreams and not finding them. I know of many people with gifted talents and abilities who, somewhere along the line, gave up persevering toward their dreams. That makes me afraid, knowing how easy it is to give up.
The following are a few excerpts of Bible verses about perseverance that have greatly inspired me in the past to keep my nose to the grindstone and follow my dreams. My favorite comes from 1 Corinthians 9:24.
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to win the prize."
The phrase that comes to mind here is Carpe Diem, or Seize the Day. All of us are running the same race, but only one runner wins the prize. When the day is done, it doesn't make much difference whether you actually won the prize or not. Running with all your might is really where success is found. That's perseverance.
Another verse on perseverance that I've always really loved comes in Galatians 6:9.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
That's a good verse for anyone who diligently goes about doing the right thing without getting recognized. There are many positions of authority, many jobs in the spotlight that people love because they get recognized for the good that they do, and are respected for it. According to the Bible, they've already gotten their reward. But those of us who aren't in the spotlight, who keep doing what the Lord would have us do even when it doesn't look like it's doing any good, this is the perfect verse. Don't give up. Persevere.
I really enjoy both of these verses because neither of them directly uses the word perseverance. It's easy to do a word study and find out everything the Bible has to say about a certain word like perseverance. But it's also easy to miss those inspirational verses that carry the same spirit but don't actually use the same terminology.
My last verse about perseverance is found in Hebrews 12:1.
"Therefore, since we have been surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
Again, the same word picture of a race. I like this particular verse because it gives the reason why we can persevere. "Since we have been surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses." If you find yourself unable to persevere, maybe you're around the wrong company. Maybe you need to find some like-minded people who will encourage you in a better direction.