The character trait for this week is endurance. James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
“Let endurance have it’s perfect result, so you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Endurance is stated here as a foundation character trait that if you have it you will have all of the other character traits as well. Romans 5:3-4 says the same thing using the word perseverance, “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character”.
Any great accomplishment takes time, and any great accomplishment takes great effort, and sacrifice over time. Most get weary before the required time is met and quit, which means nothing gained and everything lost. Hebrews 10:36 puts it plainly, “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” In year 7 as pastor of JBC I wanted to quit and go back to farming in the worst way. I called my Dad to ask his counsel, and he said, “never quit when things are going bad, fix it, turn it around, get it successful, and then you can quit, because then your motives are more apt to be right”. The problem was that when things got better I didn’t want to quit, so now I am in year 43 as Pastor of JBC.
Those who don’t have quitting as an option find a way to get it done, to fix the problem, to make things better. Endurance, perseverance, and determination stimulates creative thinking, and they create the need to seek for wisdom.