Some time ago I read a story of a clergyman named Jan Hus. This man was told that he would be burned at the stake for sharing his faith. Did he stop? No! He continued to share the Good News. Then he started holding his hand over a candle so that he would be accustomed to the pain before the sentence was carried out. Now that’s “holding fast…without wavering.” To him, success meant ending his life still strong in his faith.
That kind of tenacity is called staying power-the ability, courage, and willingness to hang on to what we know is “right.” It takes faith to have staying power when at times we feel all alone, taking the heat and the consequences seemingly alone. We won’t know if we have that kind of tenacity until the time arrives; but in the meantime we need to come to an unwavering conclusion, that even if no one appears to join us, we will hang on. Believing that a firm decision to persevere can compensate for a host of disadvantages.
Let US hold fast to our confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Hebrew 10:23 NKJV
Success seems largely a matter of hanging on when others have let go.