“Yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Proverbs 6:8)
Life comes in seasons. A time to plant, a time to wait, a time to harvest, a time to store away grain. How we act and what we do with our resources should be driven by an awareness of what season we are in. Economies have seasons as do businesses. Do not assume plenty will always be there.
Alternatively if you see no fruit but have sown faithfully your harvest will be coming. Sometimes it rains in Summer and the sun shines in Winter. Discerning timing is a key part of a successful business. God can give you that insight.
Quick Prayer. “Help me to be aware of what season I am in.” Amen
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (Hebrews 6:10)
God has seen your faithfulness. He has seen all you have done and are doing. He will not forget your work. Your answer is coming. Daniel had to wait to see an answer that was dispatched the moment he prayed. We don’t understand how it all works or the mechanism of prayer, but we do know He is faithful.
He will watch over His Word to see that it is fulfilled. When we stand in agreement with His Word, we literally pull the promises from the spiritual into the physical. It is in our faith that the answers to prayer are born. This is what it means to have ‘Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”.
It is because of Who He is that we can count on Him. He is the full manifestation of all it is to be faithful. We put our trust in His character; He is not a man that He should lie. Your answer is on its way!
Quick Prayer. “Thank you for your faithfulness, and that you honour your word.” Amen
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecc 3:1)
We all have desires in our hearts we would like to see fulfilled. Many of these are God given to help propel us to where we need to be, but there are multiple parts to every call that may be on our lives.
There is a time to sow where we prepare and invest time, money, and effort in getting ourselves ready and equipped. There is a time of winter where absolutely nothing seems to happen. We just have to wait in expectation of spring. Then we move into all He has for us, and we have to put aside what we will need to sow for the next season and reap the reward of our labors.
What we are and more importantly what we do has a specific timeframe. If we leave too early, we will only fail. If we discern the season, we will act appropriately. There is no point in trying to reap in winter or plant in summer.
Quick Prayer: Show me the when as well as the what. Amen.
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (2 Chr 15:7)
Hope delayed makes the heart sick. I know what it is like to be waiting and waiting and trying to do the right thing and seeing no result; nothing, just a seemingly empty void with no answer from God. In these times, we begin to question so many things.
But wait—stop and wait. Be strong, and do not give up! So many have fallen at the last hurdle just before the dawn, to combine and mangle a couple of metaphors.
Again, be strong and do not give up; your work will be rewarded. Your reward is coming. Hear it again: your work will be rewarded. God sees what you are doing, He has not abandoned you and is faithful in fulfilling His promises.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that my reward is coming. Amen.
“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)
What carries you through the dull and mundane? We all have those tasks that we don’t look forward to, the ones we tend to avoid. Yet there is a higher way, where we recognize the value of serving God in the insignificant.
It is something we need to cognitively acknowledge but shift our heart and spirit to recognize the manifest presence of God in the simplest task done with love. I think our true faith is manifest in the mundane not in the spectacular.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you are in the mundane.” Amen