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Keep pressing on

Psalm 107:8 & 9 says,”Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

This verse is a good one for Thanksgiving month for it mentions giving thanks and God filling the hungry. But what I really want to do is encourage you today to keep pressing on.

Someone has said that successful people are usually just a little hungrier and thirstier than the rest. What some only desired, they pursued. Napoleon was born in poverty. In school, his friends made fun of him, but he devoted himself to his books and excelled in his studies and eventually he became the brightest student in the whole school.

Before he was through, he conquered the world.

If a seedling tree has to fight its way up through stones and hard soil to get to sunlight and air and then wrestle with the storm and the frost to survive, you can be sure of one thing – its root system is strong and its timber will be valuable. It's impossible to succeed without going through adversity. (I know…you just prayed, “Lord, let me be the exception”). If you're successful and haven't experienced adversity, you can be sure that someone else has experienced it for you. If you're experiencing it without succeeding, there's a good chance somebody else will succeed one day because of you.

Either way, there's no success without endurance.

The true test of character is seeing what it takes to stop you! Dr. G. Campbell Morgan tells of a man whose shop had been burned in the great Chicago fire. He arrived at the ruins the next morning carrying a table. He set it up amidst the charred debris and put a big sign above it which read, “Everything lost except wife, children and hope – Business will resume as usual tomorrow morning!”

The writer of Hebrews said, “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons…No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

We cannot speak of endurance without remembering Christ:

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

How thirsty are you for the blessing of God on your life? Remember, “He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

Gil Kinney is pastor of Real Life Assembly in Fort Mill.