Perseverance, Survival While In The Midst of Trouble
James 1:12 "Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial..."
We live in a society of immediate gratification. We have little patience for slow fast food, long lines at the grocery store or even the three minutes it takes to cook a bag of popcorn in the microwave oven. Just as we expect our every day conveniences to be provided to us instantaneously, we want immediate answers to our financial problems.
Webster's definition for perseverance is "to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement." In other words, don't give up when things get tough.
"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown." - Ross Perot
The most difficult part of any problem is the middle. The first stage tends to leave most of us in shock and not able to really feel the pain. Of course, the conclusion of a problem is fantastic and the feeling of relief is incomparable. The middle point of our financial challenge is when perseverance becomes reality. It is at this point that we are deep in the dark tunnel, but not far enough along yet to see any light at the other end.
Some things just take time, and some financial problems may linger for months or even years. It is this "waiting process" that is clearly the most formidable for those I have counseled. They express things like, "I just want it to be over" and "When will my life turn around?" Why then, doesn't God just fix all of our problems quickly so we don't have to endure the pain? The answer seems to be found in Romans 5:3-6
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