Are You Persevering?

James 5:11: “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.”

Perseverance is hard work. It is a test of our faith.

As I worked with “Christy,” she told me the man she had dated for a year was dating someone else. She sobbed and admitted she still loved him, but he was going to marry the other woman.

Her pain was real. The loss seemed more than she could bear. She felt alone, rejected, and hopeless. I listened to her and asked her to journal about her feelings and talk to God about them.

The following week, Christy and I discussed her journal notes. Afterward, I asked Christy a few questions: “Could she trust God in this crisis? Did she remember how Job lost everything, but God gave him double for what he lost? Would God give her the grace to persevere? Did she believe ‘the Lord is full of compassion and mercy’?”

I told Christy to write down the questions and spend time alone with the Lord to answer them. Christy did the assignment and persevered.

The Lord gave her a fantastic job opportunity and blessed her beyond her wildest dreams. The last time we talked, she told me she would have never grown as a person and as a Christian if she hadn’t lost the man she thought she couldn’t live without.

What about you?

Dear God, sometimes I feel alone, rejected, and hopeless too. Help me persevere. Amen.

Application: How will you live differently this week to show that you believe “the Lord is full of compassion and mercy”?

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