PERSERVANCE required and a PERSPECTIVE we can’t fully see

As many of you know, these past several years have been full of ups and downs for us.  When Jon and I married I would have never imagined him starting a company.  He is full of incredible ideas and it would have been sad for him to wonder if he had what it took to start a company – thus Bones in Motion began 2003.

I was recently asked if I could have looked into a crystal ball to see the future would I have chosen the path we are on knowing the long laborious road it has turned out to be?  Without a doubt I replied YES as I have learned so much about the character and goodness of God through the process.  When Jon’s company recently needed specific prayers,  I went before the Lord with hands held wide open.  God was faithful to encourage me with the following and I trust if you too are facing a difficult situation you will find encouargement.

Last night (2/12/08) as I lay in bed I searched through God’s word for truth and encouragement that I could pass your way.  Do know you are being covered today in prayer.

James 5:11 As you know, we consider blessed, those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. 

You can see the importance of perseverance from above scripture that credits Job and the below short account I read in a devotional shows the need for perspective.

“Job” his wife sobbed, “we are ruined. Our children are dead, our livestock is gone, our servants have been murdered, and you are a walking corpse.  We can’t go on like this.  Curse your God-the God who gave you great wealth and many children so that He could watch you writhe in anguish at the loss of them.  Let’s put an end to our lives and this agony.’

  “Dear wife, it is your grief that speaks such hopeless words.  God is with us still, ” Job consoled.

“How can you say that? He mocks you!”

  “No, Job assured her. “There is something in this that we cannot yet see.  I trust that He will make it clear.”

“Trusting Him makes you the fool,” she cried.

“Though HE slay me, Yet will I hope in Him.” Job stood his ground.

Job endured because he trusted that God had a perspective on the situation that he could not see.  And Job was right!  It was satan, not the Lord, who had put him to the test.  In time, everything was restored to Job- twice as much as before.  He lived a long life because he persevered in hope.   Remember their is no greater testimony to the faithfulness of God than trusting Him in the face of all the heartache.  Your perseverance will pay off.

Father God I do pray that today __________ will feel your comfort and strength in all they say and do.  May they experience the unlimited resources of your mighty strength offered though the Holy Spirit.

Mark 9:24 “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.”  Since faith is never perfect, and belief and unbelief are often mixed this is a great prayer.

2 Thes. 2:16-17 NLT May the Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loved us and in has special favor gave us everlasting comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and give you strength in every good thing you do and say.

Eph. 3:16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. 

Jer. 29:10-11 MSG This is God’s Word on the subject:  “… I know what I’m doing.  I have it all planned out- plans to take care of you, not to abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

Rm 8:26-27 TLB The Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying.  For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how to pray as we should; but the Holy Spirit … pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will.

Matt. 11:29-30 Jesus said, “take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.

Rm 15:13 RSV May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Phil. 4:6-7 NLT Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.  If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.

Prov. 10:28 RSV The hope of the righteous ends in gladness.

Isaiah 41:10; 13  NLT Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you.  I will help you.  I will uphold you with my victorious hand.

I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and say to you.  Do not fear; I will help you.

2 Tim 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Ps 32:8  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;  I will counsel you and watch over you.

Heavenly Father,  we have become tired and disappointed in the midst of the many difficult circumstances and disappointments related to _______ and our own financial hardships.  Our patience is exhausted and I’m tempted to be angry with you, others, and myself.  Giving up becomes more of a prospect.

Help us to persevere through this lean and uncertain time.  We want to hold on, but there seems to be less to hang on to.  Waiting and keeping my focus on You can be so hard at times.  My mind wanders, replaying imagined outcomes of “If Onlys” and “What Ifs”.  I know you have the answers, and I need to rest in Your peace.  Keep my mind grounded in your truths and to have a Job perspective.

Help us to find motivation to press past the discouragement.  May our complete trust be in You knowing that we have nothing to fear.  Thank you that your grace is sufficient and we can place our hope in the many promises of Your Word.      Amen


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