“We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy” (James 5:11, NLT).

This verse must have been the inspiration for a popular quotation from the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Everything will be alright in the end, and if it’s not alright, it’s not the end (close anyway). The line is amusing but also true. The Bible talks a lot about enduring to the end and the story of Job is a classic example of someone who did just that.

English: U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps shows off...

English: U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps shows off his Olympic gold medal as he stands on the victory podium at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Watching the Olympics brings this home in a whole new way. Not only do the athletes have to endure years of training, they also have to work through the pressure of the final performance and make it through the difficulties they encounter in their big races. Sometimes they crash or fall or are injured, but if possible, they keep going. For many, just finishing the race is all they can do.

That’s all most of us can do. If we can just hang in there and with God’s help, either limp or drag ourselves across the finish line, God will make sure everything will be alright in the end. He will be waiting with our gold medals and will hang them around our necks with more tenderness and mercy than we can even imagine.

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