Perseverance – A. Butler, Esq.

On receiving your recent dispatch, I returned my thanks to the Almighty God that you had been so gracious to refresh me with the good news of your increasingly good health. Considering the upward movement of our years, dear Christian, it is good to hear you are taking your walks – even if it is slower than you prefer and encumbering to those young lads who constantly spirit outside your window. Not unlike those days of our youth, my dear friend. I smile as I reminisce of those years long ago where ignorance was bliss and where responsibility was not a high concern for young lads such as ourselves. However, as you know, there comes a time where lads must put off childish things, and step into the foray of world events – those concerns evidenced in your recent post.

I garner from your recent letter, the climate of our great nation has not improved. It is with sadness and some trepidation that I listen to the accounts of recent events, even if they are delayed due to traversing great distances. It is times such as these, dear brother, which cause  widespread consternation. But as for us, Christian, I am reminded of the Lord’s encouragement. I remember his Word as I pray earnestly for our great country, as she is being tossed to and fro by a great tempest. But, Christian, we must continue to stand firm. Both in our position and our prayers. As it is written:

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Heb. 12:1-3 (NASB)

We stand firm because we know the power of prayer and our position as heirs to the Kingdom. As you have so noted in your recent letters, we are to put on the whole armor of God and pray earnestly for a continued revival. A revival like the one sparked by Holy Spirit as He spoke through the great orator and evangelist George Whitfield. Is there anything to difficult for God? Are there any schemes of men which can subvert the great plan of our Lord?

Plainly, and you recognize, believers are to stand firm against the enemy and persevere; because,

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. Jas. 5:11 (NIV)

Know that I am in prayer for you and for our country, dear Christian. As with you, I am fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, believing in the providence of God. He is near. His plan will not be thwarted by the machinations of those in power and those who finance such endeavors. No one can stand against Him.

As with Job, let us stand together and raise our mutual voices to the Lord God Almighty. Surely He will hear from heaven and guide and direct His children who continue in the race. Recognize, “that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Cor. 9:24 (NIV)

I, as you, are called to persevere. To run the race in such a way to receive the prize – the voice of the Master, stating to us “Well done good and faithful servant!” You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

Run the race Christian, as I run as well. Let us keep our eyes focused on the prize.

In His service, and your faithful friend.

– Adonijah Butler, Esq.

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