“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10: 35-36, NIV).
Do you sometimes get discouraged? You’ve worked and prayed for so long and nothing much seems to be happening. Frankly, you’re fed up with waiting. I know the feeling. One day as I was looking at a promise highlighted in my Bible, I grumbled, “Lord Jesus, You gave me that promise years ago and nothing has happened yet.”
Then a cheerful thought came to me, you’re that much closer to the answer then.
All God’s heroes experienced long waiting periods. Abraham went through thirteen years of silence before the fulfillment of a promise from God. His son Isaac waited twenty years for Rebecca to have children. Moses’ vision of delivering his people from Egyptian bondage lay buried forty years in the desert. And I could go on. Those years of silence were a time of discipline, not of displeasure. Wait periods give us an opportunity to grow our faith.
Faith knows of a certainty that God has His moment and in that precise given time everything yields to his will.
If faith comes to a closed gate, she is not disheartened; faith waits without until God touches the lock and it flies open.
Faith knows some Jericho’s need to be compassed about seven times before the victory comes. Kathryn Kuhlman
The race is not always to the swift but to those who keep running. They are the ones who receive the prize.
Dear God, give me the strength and the faith to persevere to the end. Amen.
Reading this devotional this morning made me realize that my faith is only growing stronger as we wait. God does hears our prayers and in time he will answer.