So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:4
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart …. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with
sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? …. but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Hebrews 12:2-3, 7, 10B-11
But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end. Hebrews 6:9-11
Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:
The issue that we are actually facing in all this is the issue of surrender. Notice above those two small words “let it” and recognize in them the choice that needs to be made in regard to what we give ourselves. Will we be surrendered to the world and its momentary and surface comforts and pleasures or will we be surrendered to God and His goal of true righteousness produced by troubles effecting profound and lasting joy in the depths of our being.
Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:
Lord, even though I have much to learn about letting my endurance grow, I can see that choosing to do so, really is a matter of surrendering to you. I surrender to you now and choose to let my endurance grow. I promise to endure at seeking your righteousness instead of the comforts of this world. Grant me an abundance of grace and strength for the journey. Amen!