MS/HS Chapel Chatter October 1 Speaker: Pastor Derrick Valencik
Christian Endurance: steadfastness; patiently waiting for;
continuing one's Christian commitment in the face of difficulty
In this week’s MS/HS Chapel, Pastor Derrick Valencik joined us and spoke about endurance from a Biblical perspective. He discussed how we all face hard times or challenges and everyone of them are as different and unique as we are. As a person, we can expect hard times. As a Christian, we can and are expected to endure. Our endurance, he noted, is one of the hardest things we are called to do when things are hard. However, we are called to wait, to trust in the Lord, to be patient. This is a challenge in and of itself. With each challenge or difficult situation we face, what we see is God working in us and through us as we endure these hard times. We are able to do anything, face anything, battle anything no matter how impossible it may seem when God is with us FOR NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD [Luke 18:27; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 3:20]. When we are faced with challenges AND we will be faced with challenges, let God sustain, let God hold, let God help. He wants to do the hard work for us, but He requires willing hearts and minds. We aren't asked to do anything on our own - we often chose that path. God says He will be with us - ask Him to support, hold, and help you endure. As he reminded us, in Philippians 1:6 we are told that God will follow through for us - "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
CHALLENGE: Pastor Valencik closed by challenging each of us to ask God where we lack endurance. Once we identify those areas, we were asked to partner with a friend and share the area we need to grow in; to pray for each other; and to support each other as God works in our areas of weakness. While we took the challenge, we considered the lyrics of Jason Waller's song 'I Need Jesus' which reminds us that needing Jesus is a beautiful thing.