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PERSISTENCE

Once again, I have been led by the Lord to be transparent in writing this devotion. As pastor, I have sought to follow the Lord. That has not always been easy. Like all pastors who seek to serve the Lord, I come across critics. When one seeks to follow God’s instructions, it sometimes requires change. One can run into all kinds of opposition. I have been called stubborn, but I believe that if one wants to serve God, (s) he must be persistent. Being called stubborn is negative, but persistency is positive and it is required to serve the Lord as we seek His blessings. Genesis 32:26 speaks about persistence.

 “Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’”

These are familiar words and they are worth looking at again. We see Jacob wrestling until the breaking of the day. In Jacob’s persistence, he will not let go until he is blessed. Jacob had struggled all night and would still not let go. He was determined to receive the blessing. He struggled in the dark, but he held on until daybreak. Jacob received his blessing because of his persistence. God honored him. God will honor us when we hold on to His promises. There is a blessing in knowing that God has blessings and we can say that we will not let go until He blesses us.

Genesis 32:26 (NLT)