Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Patience And Perseverance

Great things are not always accomplished by talent and training. Often times they are accomplished by patience and perseverance.

It took Leonardo Da Vinci eight years to paint The Last Judgment. When he was finished with that painting, it took him ten years to complete The Last Supper.

It took Noah Webster twenty-six years to compile Webster’s Dictionary.

Adam Clark labored for forty years to write his Commentary on the Bible.

Everything worthwhile will take a while before it has worth. That’s why it is called perseverance! We persevere until we can present a product.

Perseverance is stretching our courage beyond our circumstances. When we read of perseverance in Scripture, we come to understand that it means much more than enduring. It means overcoming life’s difficulties with a “peace that passes all understanding” and knowing that the “God of all comfort” has His arms around us.

We read in the Bible that “we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God...we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance...and endurance character...and character hope.” It is through Christ that we become stable, secure and steadfast.

Prayer: Thank you, Heavenly Father, for all that we have in our Lord. It is by Him, through Him, with Him and for Him that we are able to persevere, knowing that all things work together for our good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Romans 5:1-5

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