Patience & Trust Go Hand in Hand

15As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
                                                                                             Luke 8:15

This has been a challenging summer.  Many, many things that I had planned, and many that were anticipated with great excitement, simply did not happen.  Often I found myself praying to God to show me what was going on and to give me patience.

I am not a patient person.  It is only through the grace of the Holy Spirit that I show any of it especially in challenging situations (and especially on the golf course).  I don’t know where I read this, but at the beginning of the summer, I read that when we pray for patience, God doesn’t necessarily grant it.  What He gives us is circumstances through which, if we are obedient, we grow in patience.  Well, I have had just about enough of patience building for this year.

 In Luke 15:8 (above) we are told in the parable of the sower that, in contrast to seeds that fall on rock or bad soil, seeds that fall on good soil represent believers who hear the word, hold it fast, and in patience, wait to see the fruit that God is bearing through their faith, witness, and efforts.  I seek to be seed in good soil and I pray that, in due time, God will bear His fruit in and through me – whether I ever see it or not.

Are you struggling to be patient with your circumstances and with God?  We know that in challenging times, God calls us to continue in prayer without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  He wants us to trust in Him, and to realize that His plan is much bigger and more complicated that we can ever understand.  Continue in stillness and prayer even when you don’t feel God’s presence or hear His voice.  Trust that He is working out your situation, in His time and in His way.  Surround yourself with His children who can nurture and encourage you.  Be patient and He will comfort you.

~Deb Griest

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