Persistence

ATD 45The Word

“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” Luke 18:1

Thought

Despite business failure, great personal loss, rejection, political defeat, tremendous emotional stress, family crises, and severe financial difficulties, Abraham Lincoln ascended to the highest position in this country: President of the United States. He ran for the legislature in Illinois and was defeated, entered business with a partner, and when it failed was left with debts that he spent the next 17 years paying off. He fell in love with a young lady, became engaged to her, and she fell ill and died unexpectedly. When he later proposed marriage to another young lady, he was turned down.   He ran for Congress and was defeated, attempted to get an appointment to the U.S. Land Office but failed, became a candidate for the U.S. Senate and was defeated, became a candidate for the vice presidency and was defeated. He married and suffered the loss of two young sons, a loss from which Mrs. Lincoln was said never to have recovered.

Throughout his life he was employed in numerous job positions, a rail-splitter, boatman, manual laborer, store clerk, soldier, store owner, election clerk, postmaster, surveyor, state legislator, lawyer, congressman, and eventually the President of the United States.

When asked once the source and secret of continued persistence his reply was, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.”[1]

Prayer

Lord, You have called me and I am yours. You have told me in Your word that Your grace is sufficient in all things. You have given evidence of Your faithfulness and encouraged me to pray and never give up. I embrace Your will and by Your grace and for Your glory I will pursue Your heart and will for this day. Amen.

[1] http://www.dianedew.com/lincoln.htm (adapted)