God Doesn't Give Up
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NIV)
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I couldn’t breathe.
I was beginning to see spots in front of my eyes.
I wanted with my whole thudding heart to sit down, stuff air back in my lungs and then take slow steps towards the door and hope the gym instructor missed my departure.
Just like she maybe missed the fact I wasn’t there for the two months before that. You see, I’m not very consistent at attending gym. I won’t go for a month and then go 3 or 4 times a week.
My inconsistency at gym means I never reach a consistent level of fitness.
I’ll go for six months and be reaching a good place fitness wise and then I’ll miss two months and pretty much have to start over.
It’s not just inconsistency at gym that is my problem.
Inconsistency colours other areas of my life too.
I don’t really like sticking with things; I choose to give up when stuff gets hard or boring or begins to feel like a chore.
This last week gasping for breath I realized that I don’t think God wants me to be this way.
I often forget that God wants us to be like him and he is consistent.
If he starts task he sees it through to completion. He doesn’t start, then stop, because he’s too busy with other things, resume something, stop because it’s cold outside, try it out again...you get the idea.
God doesn’t give up on us. (<-- tweet this)
And I think God wants us to persevere too.
I think this because I know that he wants us to be like him.
God wants us to be people who commit to things and are consistent in doing them.
Every time we do this, we’ll be beginning to look more like God and that is worth persevering for.
What areas of your life do you need to be more consistent in? What would perseverance look like in your life?
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I originally posted a version of this devotional over at encourage365.com.