The human system of success is such that before an outcome or a result is yielded, there must be an action. Christians of today have faith, forgetting that faith followed by the action is what yields success.
(Matthew 8:26) the disciples during a storm woke Jesus up from sleep after they did all they can to survive the storm. “You of little faith, why are you so afraid” Jesus replied when He woke up from sleep and moved to action by calming the storm out of His faith.
In our pursuit of destiny, actions may not be enough, because actions may sometimes fail, in these times we need an ability, an attitude and a quality known as persistence. Persistence is a workout of what you believe in.
Persistence attached to our actions yields greater results and success.
(2 Kings 2:2-3), ²And Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. ³And the sons of the prophet who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master from over you?” And he said, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”
Elisha was persistent even when Elijah beckoned him to return. Though there came an instruction from Elijah to Elisha that, “Please stay here”, though the LORD had sent Elijah and not Elisha, though the journey was far, Elisha never felt it as an excuse to give up. He never thought of it as an excuse to stay back, because he knew what he was going after because he could not help that desire burning deeply in him, all he could do was to go after what he wanted. He decided not to just take the action by going with Elijah, but to persist in his action though the going was getting tough, his faith kept him going.
The sons of the prophets tried to make him understand what the LORD had decided to do, but he shut them up and moved forward with Elijah from Bethel to Jericho, from Jericho to Jordan because Elisha himself knew that Elijah would be taken that day. He understood he had something in Elijah which he must get before Elijah departs, and it will take persistence to get it.
In your pursuit of destiny, you will be surprised that those who criticize you the most are Christians, but bear in mind, that vision about your destiny was not given to them, so there’s no need for them to understand your persistence. Elisha persisted, and out of his persistence yielded great results.
(Genesis 32: 24-26) Jacob, out of persistence wrestled with a man, and would not allow him to go for he said, “Let me go for the day breaketh.” But Jacob said, “I will not allow thee go, except thou bless me.”
Though Jacob’s hip socket was put out of joint, he persisted and held on to the man to bless him. Imagine the pain he was enduring but because he knew what his life would be after persisting, he held on. He knew there will surely be the release of his destiny and blessings if he kept on holding the angel. Out of his persistence, his name was changed to Israel, for he had striven with God and had prevailed. His persistence led him to the state of prevailing and attaining success.
Failure may come, but persistence is the key, there will be weariness and frustration, but persistence is the key to greater achievements.