Perseverance prefaces prosperity. Have you ever thought about that?
If not, think about it for a minute. When have you experienced prosperity in your life? (By the way, I’m not necessarily talking about financial prosperity either. After you have faced a bitter hard trial, how are you after all is said and done? Have you come out a better version of yourself? I would argue that you have. Maybe you are wiser, have more patience, trust God more fully.
Job. He walked through a deep, dark trial. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t pretty. He didn’t have the support of his wife nor did he have the support of his friends. Yet he came out on the other side with a better understanding of the character of God as well as a grasp on his own level of worth in comparison to a great God.
“And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” ~Job 42:12
After suffering greatly, God restored Job, blessing him more greatly than before.
At first I thought this was a coincidence, this whole, perseverance leading to prosperity thing. But then I started checking the facts. There’s Joseph, becoming a slave and a prisoner before becoming Pharaoh’s right hand man. There’s David, being anointed as king, only to be hunted down and chased as a fugitive before he could take his rightful throne. The list goes on. One common denominator I want to point out, a key factor in these biblical accounts, is a humble and repentant heart.
Where are you right now? Are you facing great trials, having to press through with great perseverance? Are you willing to trust God even if you don’t understand why? Are you willing to push through and praise Him for the ways He will bless you on the other side? If you are struggling, will you reach out and find a friend to pray for you and encourage you?
God is always with you during your trials. I know it doesn’t seem that way. I struggle with that too. However, I do know He will never leave us nor forsake us. I also know that He is waiting to bless us abundantly, more than we could ever ask or imagine. Be blessed today my friends!