Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – (James 1:4, NIV)
If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be. – (James 1:4, ERV)
So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete. – (James 1:4, TLB)
We are ever a work in progress. It is through the deadlines, difficulties and distress, that we mature and grow in patience and perseverance provided by the Lord. Through dependence on Him, our character is strengthened, lacking nothing, so that we may be mature and complete, becoming the person that God calls us to be. Our part is to stick with it; to not grow weary in trusting the Lord. Patience produces the good that God intended in us and through us. May we ever persevere as we press on in all that we are called to do. God provides all that is needed as we lean into Him.
Let’s not grow weary,
In faithful pursuit;
As we trust what’s true.
Our growth in the Lord;
And He grants us strength,
Each need He’ll reward.
What He has started,
The Lord will see through;
As we follow Him,
His word’s proven true.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to persevere. Thank You that each time we press in, You grow and refine us to more clearly reflect Your heart to the world. Forgive us for our lack of follow through when things grow difficult. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would ever persevere in pursuing the path to which we are called. Show us how to love those around us in a way that further grows us in character, full and complete in You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we persevere in the power that You provide. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. – Hebrews 10:36