I was struck by the portion in Romans 15:5 (NIV) that calls God the God who gives endurance and encouragement.

In the NASB it describes Him as the God who gives perseverance and encouragement.

I’m not sure that’d be as striking if it didn’t also bring to mind Romans 5:3-5.  While the NIV and NASB use perseverance, the NLT uses endurance.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.

God, who gives every good and perfect gift and supplies all of our needs, is the God who gives endurance.

If He’s the God that gives endurance it’s because He knows that it is needed.

He knows that life this side of Heaven isn’t always easy and that endurance is necessary.

And on those days when trials and problems abound, the reminder of the chain reaction of growth that stems from endurance helps bring about renewed perspective of the work God’s doing, even in the challenging times.

In months like the last few have been I find myself especially grateful that He’s the God that gives endurance.