And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. Romans 5:3-4 Holy Bible Amplified Version
When Jehovah assigns as difficult task for you to do are you obstinate, stomp your feet and say I refuse like a spoiled little brat? Even though He reasons with you with His Word, Christian Councilors and signs.
Or, if He directs you to stop doing something do you obstinacy refuse?
Jehovah only does what is for your good. So, if you refuse to listen to Him, you will pay greatly in the long run.
I have seen many obstinate folks refuse to listen and slowly sink deeper and deeper into a living Hell.
“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.” — Henry Ward Beecher
Perseverance means a continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.
Obstinacy mean to be sticking to an opinion, purpose, or course of action in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion.
If on the other hand you obey Him you will learn to wait upon His time to mold you into the child He desire you to be. Through our hardships we become stronger in our trust in Him to see us through them and burn off the dross to become pure children of Jehovah. This will mold us into Holy children of Jehovah and be assured of our salvation. Do not think this is a one off experience. It takes years, even decades for Jehovah to accomplish His desire in you His beloved child.
That is why us older children need to come along side of the younger ones to strengthen them with our witness.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah ‘Immeku (The Lord Is With You) for being with me to guide me and strengthen me as You mold me into the child You desire for me to be. I exalt You in the name of He whose strength helped Him endure the horrible cross Jesus Christ. Amen
May the gentle assurance of Jesus’ sweet love encompass you today and every day.