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HELEN SANDERS
3-15-2020
FAITH AND PATIENCE

Have you prayed and then waited and waited for something but it still hasn’t materialized? I have. I have waited on needs being met, for direction, and other things that took a while to be accomplished. In the book of Hebrews 6:10-12 it says: “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” V. 15 says,

In the U.S. we have access to things so easily. We have instant food in the microwave. We have places we order from that deliver to our door. We have more food and clothing than any other nation. We like it. We enjoy the “luxuries” that most other countries don’t have. When we don’t get things quick we tend to lose patience. Since patience is a virtue, we must not lose it. We don’t like to wait. Yet, in the times of waiting is when God prunes us, and causes us to grow in our faith. God is not a sugar daddy ATM machine that we pop a card in and the money and needs come out. We receive everything by faith. Patience is developed through the trying of our faith. We are told in James 1:4 “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” Think of it, developing patience brings complete maturity, and through patience we will lack nothing! How awesome is that? It has been said that Faith and Patience are the power twins. You can’t have one without the other for us to be complete.

A story about patience and faith. I love to grow things, especially avocados. I have planted hundreds of avocado pits in water, and they grow into small trees. I have given more away than I have planted. One day a friend brought me a huge avocado, and told me it was from one of the trees that I started. It was the first fruit from the tree. I was so excited to hold it in my hand. I felt very connected. Even though I had started so many trees myself, I had never experienced any of mine that were planted in my yard to bear fruit. My husband told me they might not bear for a long time because they might need to be paired with another male or female avocado tree. I refused to believe that. I planted one little tree about 4-5 years ago. Every year for the past 4-5 years I have looked for a sign that this little tree was going to bear fruit. When Hurricane Irma tore up Florida, and our city, this little avocado tree was uprooted and laid on the ground. My husband replanted it, and tied it off so it wouldn’t fall over. In the two years since that happened I prayed over it, calling it to be fruitful. The tree has grown tall, but there had been no sign of any blossoms for the past two years. In spite of this, I kept believing it would be fruitful. Today I walked into the yard, and discovered it is full of blossoms. It will have a wonderful Avocado crop.

My faith coupled with patience has been successful in my prayers becoming a reality! What is God teaching you through patience and faith? I am sure, like myself, that you have your days of being tested, but don’t quit believing. He will surely bring to fruition the promises he has made!