Thank God that His expectations are different from our own.
- “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day” (Proverbs 4:18, NASA, emphasis added).
- “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:12-13, emphasis added)
These pictures are worth a thousand words.
We are like the boxer who keeps getting knocked down but rises again to continue fighting. We are like the silver miner who straps on a helmet, descends into the mine shaft, and keeps chipping away at ore until he emerges with something precious at the end of the day. Our spiritual journey keeps us getting up following knockdowns, keeps up showing up each morning at the silver mines. God’s men are realistic and optimistic, taking the long view.
So, out of gratitude for what God has done in our lives, we endure. Out of devotion to Him and to our fellow travelers, we persist. Out of obedience, we hold on. Out of faith, we persevere.