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If at First You Don’t Succeed. . . Lacking Nothing

Mountaintop1I must admit that sometimes it is a struggle to continue.  When one does not reach the goal, all ideas are tried and still it remains unaccomplished.  Now what do you do?  If it is a personal goal, I guess you could not continue the project.  But if it is related to work, then you may be required to continue.  My point is not to try to solve a particular problem or situation but illustrate a context or place where we have all been challenged.

The concept of success is not an arrival at a predetermined destination but what we become in the process.  The Old Testament character, Joseph, is a great example of this.  Through a dream he learned of his destination, a ruler and one that would rule over his own family (and his brothers).  Joseph did not arrive when he was appointed by Pharoah, but he arrived throughout the trials and temptations of his life that included being sold into slavery, accused of sexual advancements by Potiphors wife, and being thrown in prison.

The apostle James, writes about the relation to trials and obstacles and perseverance so that we are complete and not lacking in James 1:2-4.  He writes, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

As you face this seemingly insurmountable obstacle the question is not only; how can this be resolved or this goal reached?  Another great question is what is God teaching me in this process?  Can I be patient in this process to allow His perfect work to be completed?

My prayer for you today is that you will that you will have success not just in your work or overcoming an obstacle; but that you will all Christ perfect work to be completed, so that you are lacking in nothing.



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