We all have our moments when we falter, fumble, or fail. I definitely have. But the good news is that our failures are not final. Our ideas of “failing” or “succeeding” are often built on false assumptions about the ultimate goal of our Christian race. The goal is actually not so much about what we accomplish for God, but that we are in the process of becoming more like him. While we are not perfect (only Jesus is perfect!), we persevere through failure. And we are called to press on — building our humility and reliance on him.
No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, & the clean clothes are in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.
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The root of the word persevere is the word severe. We must face the fact that en-route to victory our trials may get severe. Likewise, it is with severe faith—severe or extreme steadfastness—that we inherit the promises of God (see Hebrews 10:36). James tells us: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:24)
Hold on, do not stop praying. Do not stop believing that the same God that Daniel cried out to is the same God to whom you cry out. Angels are already on assignment to see the fulfilment of your prayer. But you must hold on! Continue to contend for yourself and your family. Contend for freedom over cities and nations. Trust God that the help you need is in transit and is on the way even as you read this. God has already started the process. In fact, He started the very first time you prayed. (Daniel 10) But you must hold on in faith even as you cry out to God for the strength to hold on.
Don’t give up.
Is the trail dark? Don’t sit.
Is the road long? Don’t stop.
Is the night black? Don’t quit.
God is watching. For all you know right at this moment he may be telling the angel to move the stone.
The check may be in the mail.
The apology may be in the making.
The job contract may be on the desk.
Don’t quit. For if you do, you may miss the answer to your prayers.
God still sends angels. And God still moves stones.
Character is the product of daily, hourly actions, and words and thoughts; daily forgivenesses, unselfishness, kindnesses, sympathies, charities, sacrifices for the good of others, struggles against temptation, submissiveness under trial. Oh, it is these, like the blending colors in a picture of the blending notes of music which constitute the man.
It becomes Christians to pray for peace and quiet, but not to abandon steadfast faith and truth, even at the peril of death.
Your times of training were not for nothing. God saw your sacrifice and obedience. He saw when you submitted to the times of healing and refining. He saw the times when you stood every though others expected you to sit. God hasn’t forgotten His word and promises over your life. Your quiet “yes” resounded very loudly in heaven.