I hope these devotional thoughts have been a blessing to you. Of course, as a rabbi, I love preparing them for you. I’d like to hear from you.
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. Are they meaningful to you? Do you ignore them? Do you read them but not get much from them? Since I prepare them for you, your comments are important to me.
Meanwhile, enjoy today’s commentary, meant to improve our character in the area of Endurance.
From Aish: Netzach of Netzach: Endurance in Endurance
Everyone has willpower and determination. We all have the capacity to endure much more than we can imagine, and to prevail under the most trying of circumstances.
From Rabbi Shaul:
Let us boast about the hope of experiencing God’s glory.
3 But not only that, let us also boast in our troubles; because we know that trouble produces endurance,
4 endurance produces character, and character produces hope; 5
and this hope does not let us down, because God’s love for us has already been poured out in our hearts through the Ruach HaKodesh who has been given to us. (Romans 5:2-5)
From me: Paul’s words offer Yeshua-followers great encouragement. As one who had suffered greatly because of his faith, Paul sees how he has been blessed even though his life was one of much misery. None of us have suffered like he did, so let’s learn from his thoughts, which amplify the words from Aish offered above, and practice endurance.
Exercise for the day: Commit yourself to developing a new good habit, even though it might be challenging. Doing that makes us stronger as people and more faithful to God.