Posts Tagged ‘Persistence’

James 5:7-12 Patience Brothers

SO glad that last line is in there!

James is telling his readers to “keep walking” in the faith. Don’t give up hope even though times get tough.

When encouraging the believers to be patient and endure against persecution, James doesn’t use Jesus as his example. Instead he uses the prophets of old. Maybe they didn’t feel they could live up to Jesus’ example but a regular man’s example might give them more hope.

Some of the prophets that come to mind when I read James’ encouragement are, of course, Job but also Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel. These men had to endure a LOT of opposition. Any one of them could have given up, but they didn’t. They weren’t perfect either. Read more »

Luke 18:1-8 Persistence Pays Off

flower growing through crack in asphalt

God certainly doesn’t

Luke shares a parable of Jesus’ that I have always looked at and wondered about. Today God showed me it a little different than I used to see it. This parable has to do with persistence.

As a child, my family will tell you that one of my most notable characteristics was stubbornness. I didn’t give up and I didn’t give in; not if I could help it anyway. My parents definitely didn’t enjoy this aspect of my personality and it was the cause of a LOT of corrective measures from my parents.

During my teen years, this natural bent was channeled into a driving force for things I wanted to accomplish. In that phase it was labeled as persistence and it was valued. I was actually commended for my persistence and that characteristic was credited for many of my achievements. I truly believed that these two labels actually referred to the same trait and in a small way they do. Read more »