Colossians 1:11 in the Message says,
“We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.”
Colossians 1:11-12 Holman Standard
11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.
While the Message states something more like today standards, I prefer the Holman Standard version of this verse especially verse 11. “…for all endurance and patience, with joy…” – how perfect is this? For all endurance. Many of us struggle with parenting, work, school, illness, finances, just the day to day struggle. Are we doing the right thing? Are we doing what we are supposed to be doing. Struggle. I will call on this verse more often now after re-reading this, giving all thanks to God.
Thanking God for my struggles has always been difficult for me. I am sure all of us struggle with this…except Job. But, to be reminded in the thanking. We are to thank each other for their help and grace. We are to thank God for the struggle, so that we will be strengthened with His joy.
May you have strength in your struggle today…and tomorrow.