At times, we may come across situations where we seem to be going over the same hurdles, taking another fall or asking the same questions. The vision or dream or desires we have seem to stutter or falter or fade just a little.
Be comforted because God is cooking up something wonderful, and the two key ingredients are faith and perseverance or patience!
Faith is simply the confidence in God and His Word and promises. Yet, faith is a seed which only matures with patience. And how is patience developed? Patience is not about accepting it as is, but it is a characteristic developed through our difficulties or sufferings. It is through the combination of these two ingredients that we inherit what He has promised. More importantly, We begin to take our eyes off our situation and ourselves and we see the "heavenly country" (Heb 11:14). Then we find our balance and that is when we ride.
Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Romans 5:3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
- Jo Voon -