Patience in Faith

July 1, 2022

Hebrews 11.13-16

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

I can get impatient in my gardens.  In the spring, waiting for things to start coming up or waiting to be able to plant the new things I am adding.  Now I am seeing flowers on vegetable plants, waiting for peppers and tomatoes to form.  The potatoes have gotten flowers and am getting eager for them to be ready.  The cauliflower has formed heads, but now we still wait for larger size and mature formation.  It is coming, but not yet ready.

We like to have results in front of us.  We have been doing work on things and want to see what is accomplished.  I mow the lawn and it shows that it is finished, for now.  Builders put up a new home across the road and it is finished when people are able to move in.  We make a meal and we see that it becomes ready for people to eat.  There is a satisfaction that comes when we have things accomplished.  Even if it will have to be done again in a day or a week.

Our life of faith does not always work that way.  We see that man people have lived and died in faith, never seeing the things which they have hoped for, have been certain of, yet they waited and their descendants waited.  Abraham was promised a great nation of people, but only saw a few.  Jacob was promised the land, but left it and died in Egypt.  And we can go on about each of the people listed in Hebrews 11, as well as many others in life who have waited in faith.

We will not see everything we work for come to full fruition.  Other things will need us to wait and see some portions.  But just like my garden will give me the food I planted it to produce, things take time and patience to come through.  Keep on in our faith, patiently wait on God for the results.

SongMy Life Is In You Lord

Prayer

O Creator and Mighty God, you have promised strength for the weak, rest for the labourers, light for the way, grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love. O Creator and Mighty God, help us to continue in your promise.  Amen.

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  1. This. The waiting in the growing and discerning and the waiting in the sowing and the harvest…metaphorically speaking…