May 8

TODAY IS…

a fine day for patient endurance.

“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.”  Hebrews 10:36 NLT

God has made us some wonderful promises and there are not a lot of burdensome conditions. Of course, we must accept Christ as our savior, we must worship only God, and we must love one another, but nowhere in there are any requirements that cost us any money or inflict any pain.

Unfortunately for many of us, His promises do require the patience of faith. Patient endurance is our way of showing God that we trust in Him without equivocation. It is our way of demonstrating that our belief is unshakeable, undeniable, and unchangeable.

There are times in our lives that this may be difficult for some of us. There are times when we allow negativity to nibble at the edges of our faith and create an opening through which the darkness of doubt can enter and cast a shadow over the light of God’s promises. In times of stress or trouble we may allow ourselves to entertain the notion that we require proof of God’s promises.

If we should discover that this scenario fits us at times, we need to dig in and stand fast and stretch our faith so that it covers the cracks created by momentary lapses in our patient endurance. We must never allow the darkness of doubt to totally block out the light of God’s promises.

Times of trial may test our patience, but a strong relationship with God and faithful reliance upon prayer will help us remain strong during those times when we need to be strong the most.

When we turn to God first, the ability of our patience to await God’s promises will last. Patient endurance is a commitment to our belief, and a powerful statement of our faith.

Negativity may nibble, but we must all strive to make sure it is never well fed. Patient endurance will always deny it the sustenance it needs to live.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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