Persistance and Patience

“‘I must keep praying’ ‘I feel like just giving up!’ How often has this thought passed through our minds (both yours and mine) in recent months? If I am honest, then I must admit it’s been quite often. I find myself so often in hopeless situations where I know full well that only God can deliver me but God doesn’t seem to have the same urgency as I do. Impatience and unbelief are at least a root o…(tharr be more)f all my problems, and pride isn’t far behind, along with frustration (the fruit of my sin). Deep down I know that the Lord is working in my life and that I would be better off if I waited patiently for His time and His way of deliverance, but there seems to be a constant conflict between wanting to honour my God by doing His will and at the same time worrying myself sick over things which may never happen” (From Apples of Gold).

How much time do we spend worrying ourselves sick over things which may never happen? In some cases, we make ourselves literally ill over outcomes which never come to pass. But still the default is set to anxiety the moment our expectations are thwarted or delayed.

And then there’s trust. So many times, it feels unnatural to leave outcomes outside of ourselves and in the hands of a Being we can’t see or touch or (most of the time) hear. Surrender is the ultimate form of faith played out in real life. It’s the letting go of the notion that I can somehow help God out and expedite His will in some way. It’s trusting the process that shows no visible results day after day but also trusting the Promise Giver who has a track record of coming through at the perfect time.

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