In a recent Internet article, billionaire businessman Tilman J. Fertitta attributed his success in business to perseverance. He acknowledged that his path to success included a number of mistakes and the temptation to give up. He then concluded the article with this thought: “The biggest mistake that people make is they give up too soon, and they throw in the towel.”
When we consider Tilman’s conclusion through the lens of Scripture, he wasn’t far off the mark:
So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up (Galatians 6:9).
So don’t throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised . . . . But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him (Hebrews 10:35-36, 38).
In living the Christian life from day to day, please consider Principle #6 in my Life Essentials Study Bible on page 1755. It comes from the words of the apostle Peter:
Since Christ will definitely return at some moment, all believers should stay ready by leading godly lives.
If we knew the exact time of His return, perseverance would have little meaning. This is perhaps one of the main reasons that He keeps this information to Himself.
His Kingdom and promises are not designed for quitters.