Enduring Faith

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones” (Hebrews 11:20-22).

The race of faith requires endurance (Hebrews 10:36, 12:1). Starting it is easier than finishing it. The passage of years and decades provides ample opportunities to quit and “draw back to perdition” (Hebrews 10:39). Each of these patriarch’s example demonstrates the possibility of a lifetime of enduring faithfulness.

Isaac was at least 100 years old (Genesis 26:34ff) when by faith he blessed Jacob and Esau.

At the age of 147 (Genesis 47:28), Jacob was still living by faith as he drew his final breath.

When Joseph passed from this life at the age of 110 (Genesis 50:26), his faith was as vibrant and confident as ever.

A persistent, enduring lifetime of faith is not wishful thinking; Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph prove otherwise.

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