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Day 24 – Issue 11

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Be Still Know

Romans 8:25 NLT

“But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.”

Growing up, I used to play a solo card game called Patience. The cards had to be laid out in a certain sequence, and you could only use the cards as they were dealt from the pack. It was therefore always a frustrating game since it seldom played all the way out. It was a game of luck!

Patience actually means ‘the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious’. It’s a word that reminds us of our submission to God and to God’s purposes. As with the card game, the only way that we can apparently short circuit the process is through cheating. So I might ‘rig’ the cards to play out a successful conclusion. Yet, I am left with the knowledge that I have interfered with the game’s sequence and it’s not truly a victory. I have spent a lifetime both as a follower of Jesus myself and in encouraging others limping through a life of obedience alongside me. For each one of us there are moments when the only way we can proceed is by maintaining a hold upon what we believe to be real and true, while having little evidence to support us in our view of that truth. This is what scripture describes as hope.

It may be that your life is being turned upside down in ways that you never envisaged and certainly never requested. This is a time where hope is all you can hold on to; and hope is holding on to something unseen as if it were already in view. God entrusts us with our circumstances as the essential element in the process that causes us to mature in faith. Scripture is littered with references to the need for hope. I find it one of the most excruciating parts of the gospel message. Yet, there it is, and each day I pray that I will have sufficient hope when required.

QUESTION: Where do you find yourself with God today? If your circumstances fail to reflect your understanding of God’s plan and purpose for your life, how are you managing that discomfort?

PRAYER: Lord of hope and life, grow in me a patient, confident and hopeful trust in you.  

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright C 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 60189 USA. All rights reserved

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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