Why Endure Hardships?

A Test of Endurance

One of the traditions that my family does on Thanksgiving is a running event called the Turkey Trot.  Normally I would do the 5k fun run/walk, but several years ago I decided to go for the eight mile run.  There were moments during that run that my body said that I needed to stop, but I knew that if I did, I would lose my momentum and will make the run even harder.  When it was all done however, the feelings of achievement far outweighed the moments of pain that I had to endure on the run.

On Marathon for Christ

Walking with Christ is a lot like running a marathon, it will have moments when your mind and your body just want to call it quits.  However, you know that if you do slow down or even stop, you run the chance of deviating off the course which God had set before you.  When we endure hardship for Christ’s will and remain faithful regardless of the situation, in the end we will receive the blessing and be declared good and faithful servants by God Himself.

End of Joseph’s Marathon

In the story of Joseph, Genesis 41 was the end of a long marathon which was full of hardships and pain.  It all started when he was taken by his jealous brothers and sold to be a slave in the land of Egypt.  While in Egypt, he was accused of a crime that he didn’t commit and was condemned to rot away in a prison.

Staying Faithful

I can imagine, although it’s not mentioned in the Bible, Joseph had moments that he wanted to quit being honorable before God; after all, it was because of his faithfulness to Him that got him into this mess.  Yet despite all the hardship, Joseph endured for his God, making the most of the situations that he was in.  It didn’t matter that he was a slave or a prisoner, whatever the job Joseph was given, he did his very best with it because he believed that God was with him and would bless him in the end.

The Stage is Set

That blessing finally came in chapter 41 of Genesis.  The King of Egypt had two dreams that kept him awake at night and none of his advisers could interpret their meaning.  Then the cup bearer (whom Joseph helped in the previous chapter) told Pharaoh of what Joseph did for him.

A Dream Interpreted

Joseph was brought before the King and was told the dreams that Pharaoh had.  Through the power of the Spirit of God, Joseph revealed their meaning: seven years of plenty and seven years of famine were on their way.  He also recommended that Egypt prepare wisely for the hard days that were coming because the seven years of famine would wipe out the plenty that came before it.

Trusting God Can Be Seen

When one trust in the Lord, it can be clearly seen by those who are around them.  Pharaoh saw this trust in Joseph and saw that God had blessed him with wisdom.  So the King appointed Joseph as second in command over the land and gave him the responsibility of storing up of the plenty in preparation of the coming famine.  Like in his other jobs, Joseph proved to be faithful and did his best work.

Faithfulness Has its Rewards

Joseph proved to be faithful to God regardless of what was going on and in the end was blessed with one of the best jobs in the land.  How are you doing in your walk with God?  When you do a job do you do your best work or do you cut a few corners?

Take notice of the story of Joseph, you might be given the worst job in the world, but remember God gave you that job to be faithful with it!  Therefore we must endure the hardships that come with it and remain faithful; for I don’t know about you but when it’s all said and done and I meet my God, I want Him to say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  What about you?

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