Faith and Patience

God’s normal way of growth is the way of gradual, sure, systematic growth and maturity. God’s nature is seed time and harvest. According to Hebrews 6, it is through faith and patience that we receive from God.

We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised (Hebrews 6:12). 

Job’s patience was what helped him overcome the hardships he faced when he was attacked by the enemy. Patience is way more than just the ability to not become angry in a difficult situation. Patience is the power that will carry you through the obstacles of life into the seasons of blessing. It is notable that sometimes a wealthy person will lose all of their money, but somehow they seem to earn it all back and more. Amazingly enough this was actually Job’s experience. Let’s examine some more scriptures:

Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow…All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty…The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day…An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end (Proverbs 13:11; 14:23, 4:18, 20:21).

Can you pick up the pattern here? Gather money little by little…hard work brings profit…shining ever brighter until the full light of day…inheritance gained quickly will not be blessed.  Advancement comes to those who diligently apply God’s principles on a consistent, long-term basis. Look for steady progress through diligent, consistent work. God generally advances us gradually so we can concurrently grow the maturity to hold on to what he gives us.

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