Persevere

2015.10.22

“There is no fear of God before his eyes”
(Psalm 36:1)

Reflection:
We are surrounded by people who do not recognise or honour God.

Although this is distressing and uncomfortable it should not surprise us, and it will continue to be the case until ‘the end of the age.’ In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus describes the good seed as ‘the sons of the kingdom’ and the weeds as ‘sons of the evil one.’ They will both grow together in the field that is the world until the time for the harvest has arrived and the great separation takes place. It is then that the Lord’s angels ‘will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.’

Our calling in these in-between times is to live our faith, to be the light in the darkness of people’s lives, to display the fruit of the Spirit for the blessing of others and to witness to the great reality of the Lord in all that we think and say and do. Although others may be falling away we are there to honour and trust the Lord, seeking Him and His will and relying on His strength and help.

There will be times when we are tempted to withdraw and when it may seem that everything is out of control and beyond recovery. Then, as always, God gives us the words of encouragement that we need:

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
• “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
• “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Response:
Persevere. Pray.

Prayer:

Lord please keep filling me with Your Spirit. Help me not to become disheartened or luke-warm, but to live every moment in love and trust and to Your honour and glory. Amen.

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