During the lean times you will certainly experience I will forge greater endurance within you. I will help you remain strong when you want to give up. I will help you look to the vision I have set before you and to continue to persevere despite difficulties. I know this is hard. I know this is not the way you would like for it to go, but this is my plan in this season in order to help strengthen you. (1)
Even though your heart wants to obey you lack perseverance. Many times you want to do the right thing, but are not able to do so. With this in mind, I am forging inner strength within you for the long haul. I am forging strength within you so you can remain focused and faithful, not only starting the race, but also finishing. While this difficulty may seem like punishment, or an unnecessary delay, know it is not. Know this season is stretching you past your comfort zone in order to forge the strength you need to finish. (2)
I have the end in mind when I do these things. I know very well how everything will turn out for you. And because I care about you so very much, I work behind the scenes to bring about the right circumstances at the right time to prepare you for the things you have yet to experience or even encounter.
I know the obstacles you will face, and I know what it will take to overcome those obstacles. I also know what you lack in your present state. So I push you, to set you on course, and prepare you to meet these obstacles. I work to give you what you will need, and supplement what you are lacking. Even though it is painful, it is necessary and it will help you overcome, not only today, but in the long term especially! (3)
(1) 2 Timothy 4:17, Hebrews 10:36, 1 Peter 4:12-13
(2) Matthew 26:41, Hebrews 12:1
(3) Matthew 6:8, Philippians 4:19, James 1:2-4