“May you be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might for all endurance and patience with joy giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Colossians 1:11, ESV)
All great achievements require endurance. There are no short cuts; no end arounds. Personal growth happens because it has been placed under pressure. Truly, without cost, there is no real progression and development.
Think of patience; it is only a virtue because it’s been required. Consider love, it is real only because there was a sacrifice made. Or what about a testimony, it is what it is because we overcome an obstacle.
Traversing mountains are inevitable in life. They cannot be avoided. We don’t want our stamina challenged. But without it, we cannot be made more effective for greater and grander contests.
Therefore, we have God’s great promise of empowerment for “all endurance and patience.” Be encouraged by the Spirit of the Lord. You have the inner strength to make it. God has placed in you a growing deposit that responds to the demands placed upon it. God knows exactly how much you can take. This is our inheritance – His promised might, empowering us for every battle.