Have you ever started something you felt was really important, that God was leading you to do, but after a certain point you did not feel inspired to continue? This has happened to me a few times. People might think and say that I misunderstood God or the timing was not right. And that is possible. Sometimes the person that cast the vision is not the same one to bring it to fruition. Sometimes we are simply to write the vision down and let someone else run with it. Then there are times when we are to hold on to the vision, to wait and let God move on our behalf. Years before I understood this concept I would question God for giving me ideas to share with others only to see them bring the ideas to pass. I was a babe in Christ at the time so God had a lot of work to do in my understanding of Him. He perseveres in His work in me today. And for that I am grateful.
I was cleaning out my inbox and filing emails in their proper folders today when I got to one sent to me in March from my email bible verse pal. When I reread James 1:4, NIV God gave me a new interpretation of it. It came alive in my spirit and gave me a whole new thought concept to base my actions and attitudes on going forward. The interpretation I had before was that God is always working on my inner me and I need to endure or persevere in His works so that my outer me will shine. This still holds true but just like any word you look up in the dictionary it rarely has only one meaning. But today I believe God telling me, “I want you to persevere in doing the work you’ve started, and to see it finished.” Hearing Him speak those words ignited a flame of hope inside me.
This time things are different. This time I cannot only see the outline of the vision but the skeletal parts of it as well. I believe this is what God is saying to me, that I need to persevere in my work on this particular vision. There is work for me to do and I need to be about doing it. I feel inspired to keep moving forward now. To do the work that is necessary, to persevere, and to see this vision come to fruition. For a more in-depth understanding of perseverance in our spiritual walk please visit this awesome writer, Grady Norman Greene, at The Third Cross Congregation. Be inspired.
Have you ever felt God leading you on a journey and the only thing you could do was to put your complete trust in Him? Were you inspired to move forward or to wait?