Perhaps other than Jesus, no one who lived on earth, suffered more than the apostle Paul. Yet while in prison, waiting to travel to Rome to see Caesar, he wrote some of the inspiring letters we read and endeavor to pattern our lives by today. And we are not qualified to encourage others, unless we have endured the same situation. I remember before death claimed my parents, husband, and only daughter, that I cared for those grieving in a sense, but was not able to truly empathize with them, until after my loss of a loved one. However, Paul had suffered many hardships; so he was qualified to encourage others.
So after telling his Christian friends at Colossae, he was praying for them and admonishing them to walk in a way worthy of Jesus Christ, he wrote these words of encouragement to them,
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father” Colossians 1: 11-12a
During difficult times, endurance and patience with joy, are qualities desperately needed by believers today. When you and I are coping with a situation that is almost overwhelming, being able to anticipate a better day tomorrow helps us endure today.
Heavenly Father, though most readers have not endured as much suffering and sorrow as Paul did, most are familiar with sorrow, and I pray for each person who is struggling with a difficult situation, and please grant endurance to bear it. Since Jesus made it possible for me to pray, I ask this in His precious name. Amen