Persevere!

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
(James 1:4 (NIV))

Are you like the vast majority of people today? Do you expect things to come to you instantly?

Noah spent over one hundred years building a huge ark when there was no water anywhere close by. How could such a huge ark be taken to the water? Still, Noah stood firm in his faith, even though he did not understand how it could happen.

I want you to carefully consider Abraham. He was given a promise by God that he would be the father of many nations, yet, when he was ninety years old, he had no children. Still, Abraham stood firm in his faith, even though he did not understand how it could happen.

What about Moses? He had fled Egypt and became a shepherd. God called him to return to Egypt and bring his people out of bondage. How could a simple shepherd bring out the vast numbers of people enslaved by Egypt? Still, Moses stood firm in his faith, even though he did not understand how it could happen.

Each of these people persevered in their faith even when they did not see any physical way that things would turn out the way they did. If maturity is the attaining of a final or desired state, then each of these people persevered until their faith saw maturation. We can mature in many ways, but being able to say that we possess a mature faith means that we lack nothing. We place our complete trust in God. We know that He will provide no matter what we may face.

I pray that we may all persevere until our faith is mature.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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