Faith & patience will always inherit the promise!
The quote above is a paraphrase of a verse in the Bible that has to do with Abraham receiving a promise from God. I want to pull it into our everyday world for a bit. There is something great about it that I want to take a look at.
This past Sunday my pastor spoke about God’s view of our work and how He cares about how well we do in our jobs. As a college student you have the opportunity to build a mind that is ready to do your job well. What do I mean by saying that?
The desire that you see for your future is a promise from God dropped into your soul. College is a place where you can learn the knowledge needed to be able to do that promise well. In fact the desire to be a great athlete is also a promise that you should hold to as a God given desire as well. The issue at times is that when we journey through our lives moving towards the promise we have the natural tendency to be distracted with other things, give up or try to force our way into our future prematurely. This can end up being embarrassing.
For the student you could force yourself into situation without having the complete knowledge and for the athlete you can put yourself in competition when you don’t have enough skill.
Abraham and his wife Sarah did just this. God promised them that they would have a child but Sarah was barren so they tried to force the promise to show up by using another woman. They didn’t have the power to receive the promise by themselves.
Life, when about God given promises, is truly all about timing. What you see as your promise can only be realized after certain things are in place. For Abraham it was faith in God, because all the natural circumstances around him said that the promise couldn’t possibly come to be. What is it for you? Are the circumstances around you at this time shouting that you can never reach your dreams, desires or goals? Have you tried to force your promise forward and failed at the process?
This is where that equation, faith + patience = promise, comes in. Both are needed in order to Push Forward. When your circumstances aren’t favorable you must have patience while keeping your faith in achieving the promise active. This is called the perseverance of trust.
I like how these 3 Thomas Edison quotes that I have combined shares the same sentiment with a bit more words:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.”
With God no thing is impossible! What has He dropped into you as a desire? Never stop believing that you can achieve it. And always know that whatever God gives you always will be Bigger than what you can do! So faith and patience will always be the equation of achieving your desires.