Patience in the Midst of Adversity

“Do not be deceived: God (The Creator) cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7-8, NIV)

When most people read or hear this they only think about sowing bad seeds, but this is a law with a universal impact that is tied to the law of cause and effect. It applies to both, good and bad seeds.

Some of you have been planting for a while and you have yet to reap your harvest, but trust that the Creator of this universe is batting a thousand and cannot be mocked. Sometimes the gestation period for certain seeds is longer than others. Sometimes it takes time for the harvest to ripen to produce the most profitable and beneficial results.

The problem is that some of you are growing weary in the season of planting.

Let’s take a look at Galatians chapter 6 again…
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Gal. 6:9, NIV)

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Sometimes our timing is off because we focus on an external situation and we lose sight of the source. We become frenetic and unglued. However, God in his infinite intelligence has perfect timing. You will reap your harvest if you don’t give up.

One final bible verse:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work [in you] so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

Let’s take a quick look at the Amplified version:
“2 Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. 3 Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work [in you], so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.”

Endurance, patience, and persistence are virtues that are developed in the fertile soil of adversity. If you believe that God designed and developed you for a purpose, you must also believe that God will never leave nor forsake you.

It is important that you do not confuse patience with complacency. Patience recognizes that there is still work to be done — progress to be made. Patience provides the capacity to trust the process and not give up. Complacency accepts the current situation as a future reality — a very perilous point of view.

You may feel alone and forsaken but you are simply being developed. Trust God’s process for your life. In due time you shall reap a harvest that is in direct correspondence with the seeds that you have sewn. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Don’t surrender. You are designed and built to win. ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.

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