BLOG OVERVIEW: In the midst of learning to endure hardship of work, I realized God has some amazing things to teach me during the process.
Cleaning dirty windows can be brutal, seriously, HORRIBLE. Back in April this year, I launched my first business, Awfully Dirty Window Cleaning. Did I have experience? Nope. Did I know how to start a business? Nope. Did I have any idea what I was getting into? Nope. 6 months later, I am cleaning horribly dirty windows and it is killing me.
However, during the process of cleaning these windows, I see my family and my perspective changes. My own personal annoyance of cleaning windows changes to feeling God’s blessings. I get to provide for my family. For every dirty window I clean, I get to feed my family.
The battle I encounter is flesh and spirit.
My flesh is tired and irritated at the subcontractors dirty my windows.
But my calling is to be the spiritual leader of my family and provide for my family.
Last week, this battle hit a new level of learning.
God said, “Sit In It.”
The Revelation To Endure Hardship
What a revolutionary moment this was. When my flesh was crying out and complaining, the Spirit reminded me to endure hardship, sit in it. God has a plan for me and my family, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
I realized in this moment, people abandon God’s plan because they run before it is time to leave. Don’t get me wrong, I believe God does calls us away from certain situations in life, but for every one of those moments, there are many other situations where God wants us to sit in it. Do not run, but endure hardship.
Listening To Endure
The battle that I encountered is very applicable to many of us enduring hardships. We have the battle of flesh and spirit. The Spirit is speaking to us, but our flesh is just crying too loud.
So how can you hear correctly the Spirit?
Know God’s plan. Know God’s will. There is no wonder why Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? ( Expanded Edition)” was such a hit. People want to know what God’s plan is for their life. They want to know their purpose. I want to know my purpose. I want to know God’s plan for me and my family.
But I believe we over think and analyze purpose and plan.
Let me break it down. God’s plan is redemption, salvation, restoration, and JESUS. God’s purpose is for us to obey.
When we align with the purpose and plan of God, we will hear the Spirit correctly. Why? Because the Spirit will be in sync with our spirit, soul, and body.
So if you are like me and like many wanting to know God’s plan, know God’s will, and know God’s purpose.
Let me do a simple fix for you. It worked for me.
Know God’s plan or Know God? Know God’s will or Know God? Know God’s purpose or Know God?
When we Know God, we will know when we must endure and sit in our situation instead of leaving or running.
God has much to teach us through our obedience, but many of those lessons come from our endurance. While the flesh, world, or Satan is screaming for us to leave and run, God is whispering, “Sit In It.”
Why do I say sit in it? The Greek translation literally translates endure to mean remaining under (the load). When you sit in a situation, you bear the load or pressure of everything piling up on your lap. This act will teach you strength, confidence, and dependance on God.
When the pressure arises, we must lean on God. We only have two options, abandon God or rest in His presence.
Hebrews 12:7 says, “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?”
Do not see discipline wrong here. The discipline the author of Hebrews is mentioning here is in accordance with learning. In essence, endurance is one of the greatest lessons we could ever partake in as God’s children.
When we endure hardship, we walk into a new relationship of knowing God because we must trust God. We must depend on our faith and not just use it as an extra in our Christian life. Jesus becomes central in our endurance. Jesus becomes the main message, main mission, and main mindset.
Know God and endure, you will see Jesus.
Biblical Figures Who Endured
David was anointed to be the next king of Israel, but was being chased by Saul. He sat in it and endured.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego sat in the fire and endured. They met Jesus in the fire.
Stephen did not run from his persecutors and died the first martyr death after Jesus’ resurrection. He sat in it and Saul shortly after met Jesus. (I believe this is beginning of Saul’s/Paul’s conversion)
All the apostles except for John died a martyr’s death and Jesus spread throughout the world. They sat in it and Jesus spread.
Jesus sat and prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and endured. He could have ran and left everyone behind, but God is king and people needed to meet Jesus.
Endure Hardship and See Jesus Move
When you are going through the next battle or hardship, sit in it and endure. Know God and see how Jesus comes forth to show you the great things ahead for you and your family. See how Jesus wants to use you in mighty ways, but you need to do some schooling first.
The lessons, teachings, and growth is waiting around the corner from your next moment to endure hardship.