Perseverance is one of those things that you want to have, you want to think you have it, however, is actually really hard to have.
My favorite all time passage of the bible is this, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of you faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything." James 1:2-4 (NIV)
Typically this is my "go-to" verse that I memorized many years ago whenever I was dealing with something difficult in my life, and it always encourages me.
However, when I sit here and read it and really look at it, James is writing some serious stuff here that is hard to swallow! We should be joyful when we face trials? Yeah, right! How many of us can say we react like that in our trials. Are we not crying out to God, asking for understanding? asking for him to get us out of the situation? We so quickly want the "quick-fix" the fast remedy to the situation.
What we don't understand is that sometimes things that may seem so hard and unclear can be good for us in the long run. They do test or faith, help us rely on God and develop perseverance. When we are so wrapped up in our own problems we often can't see them clearly the way God sees them. Just like, if you were to hold your hand directly in front of you face, it's blurry and out of focus, because just like our situations. That is all our eyes our fixed on. Now back your hand away a few inches, and it becomes more clear, you can see your whole hand in its entirely. Waiting on Gods timing and stepping away to trust God, allows us to see our situations and our trials more clearly. We rely on him for our Perseverance.
"If God is for us, who can be against us?"- Romans 8:31. God is on our side. He is there through it all. Therefore we DO consider it joy when we face trials of many kinds. Because by leaning on God and testing and developing our faith day in and out, we develop perseverance. So we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Remember the story of Job? He was "blameless and upright" and he was tested regardless of the fact he was doing everything right! In the end the Lord blessed him twice and as he had before. But what if he had just given up halfway because the trials were too hard, and he didn't understand? Or he thought it was unfair? He never would've received his blessing.
So I hope to encourage you today, that no matter what you are going through, remember God knows every aspect of your trial. He knows when your weak, and that you need him to get through your trials. Fix your eyes upon the Lord, and he will give you PURE JOY!!