James 1:12, NIV: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Isaiah 64:4-5a, NIV: Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.
Isaiah 64:6-7, NIV: All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins.
Isaiah 64:8, NIV: Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Psalm 119:67-68, NIV: Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.