Through All Weather

The hope of the righteous ends in gladness, but the expectation of the wicked comes to nothing.
Proverbs 10:28
I'm paraphrasing Thomas Manton (1620-1677) today. He said that, though it sometimes seems like suffering, we need to do God's will. The fulfillment of the promise is yet to come—perhaps even at a great distance. Romans 8:25 tells us that "if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." But patience is especially tried when we meet with opposition, difficulties, danger and suffering before we can attain what we hope for. To wait quietly for God's appointed time tries our patience. After all, our time is always present with us, while God's time is yet to come.

A hungry stomach wants to eat before the food is on the table or while the fruit is still green. But to wait, like the farmer, in all seasons and through all weather, until the grain ripens, and to persevere in hoping and praying—that is what God expects of us.

We do not want you to become lazy. Be like those who through faith and patience will receive what God has promised.
 Hebrews 6:12 (New Century Version)
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O Master, let me walk with thee
in lowly paths of service free; 
tell me thy secret; help me bear 
the strain of toil, the fret of care. 
Teach me thy patience; still with thee 
in closer, dearer, company, 
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong, 
in trust that triumphs over wrong. 
 Washington Gladden(1879)
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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