He began this work… He started it all and i am so thankful yet I forget it’s Him who will see me through to the end. I was in a CR meeting the other day and heard a young man say this was a life verse for him: James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And “let” steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Life is hard and the trials of life I would not volunteer for yet they happen right? They have made me stronger and I have seen God through them and yet if I’d have know what I needed to go through to get to where I am today I would have said “no thanks” When I heard this young man reference this verse I was struck by that word “Let” as if I might be in the way, somehow stifling and holding back maturity. Somehow this “Steadfastness” or “patience” (depending on the translation you read) was going to have a life of it’s own, to have it’s full affect. Let me get this straight, no pun intended, if I am “patiently steadfast” (my interpretation) then I will become mature, complete, lacking NOTHING?
The original langue of this passage is greek and the word for patient is “hypomonē” and does actually speaks of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings. (BLB) Hold it…I think I get it!
If I am faithful, patient and persevere in my walk of faith then I can see and will experience this promise!
One step in front of the other…
One day at a time.
I need to LET this happen,
I’m reminded of the other “Let” exhortation Col 3:16a “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.”
I’ve heard it said that if a man knew he had to do anything for the rest of his life it might crush him, but one day at a time he can do anything.
Let Him, who began this work, complete it by walking with Him.
He will do it!