The Salmon - steadfast endurance

 

"The fish of the sea will explain to you....." (Job 12: 8).

Among the fish of the sea, the Salmon is an example of steadfast endurance. It perseveringly swims upstream against the current to lay its eggs in the upper reaches of the river where it was born. It will even leap up waterfalls 30 metres high. Then it must brace itself and spring with all its might. And if it doesn’t succeed, it tries again—and again—until it makes it right to the top, and can continue on to the next challenge.

God has given the Salmon a mind to endure. It never gives up before it has accomplished its task. In the same way God will also strengthen us never to give up in doing His will.

Pray, and it will be given to you

By nature, people are so prone to give up when things become difficult. But God does not want us to be discouraged and be defeated when it concerns doing His will, for example not being worried our future, or repaying evil with good. He wants us to continue fighting and striving against our own tendency to sin, so that we come to true peace and goodness, and become like Jesus. That is the reward for those who follow Christ and never give up.

 

In Luke 18: 1-8, Jesus tells a parable about a widow’s request was finally heard because of her persistence. He used this example to explain to His disciples how they should pray and not lose heart. Our heavenly Father loves to give good things to His children, so we can boldly pray for everything that is written in God’s word.

Don’t give up

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11) When He sees that we are not going to give up, He gives us the desires of our heart.

0Next time you are tempted to give up in doing good, or to stop believing in God’s perfect will, think of the Salmon, and pray to God for help to persevere through the trial. “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10: 36-39).

Paul was like this. “One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3: 13-14. We can do the same!

Read also: Cast all your care upon God

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