Aug 18 3 Essentials for Living Successfully: #2 Perseverance

Advanced preparation is so important for avoiding problems in life, but we can’t avoid them all. In fact, even the most committed and godly people can go through tough times. They will happen. Joseph experienced a 13-year delay from God’s announcement to him of success (Genesis 37:2ff) and his actual realization of the success (Genesis 41:37-46).

So, another essential we need to build into our lives is perseverance (pressing forward, as you can, where you are, keeping the end in sight). But what does it mean to persevere?

#1 it means to act appropriately for the current conditions. Sometimes, just being patient is the right course of action. Other times, it means stepping forward (see Exodus 14:13-14, 15). Joseph did both at different times; so must we

#2 it means coupling the right attitude to our actions. James 1:2-4 says we are to be joyful (not for the trials, but what they can produce), persevere, & grow during tough times. We may need wisdom to do that. James 1:5-8 says that God will give it; we must follow it.

How well do you handle the delays & detours of life?

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