August 11, 2009
Patience, Faith, Reward
READY8 "7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.” 2Timothy 4:7-8 NLT
AIM8 Life comes at you fast. If you’re not careful, you’ll get blindsided by the next problem or the latest crisis. It’s easy to get caught up in the middle of all the petty details and crazy nuances that drive us bonkers...no matter how serious the situation. We have to remember that God does allow us to experience those problems to strengthen us, build our patience and draw us closer to Him.
It’s in the midst of these life trials that He also develops our faith. Some days, having faith in God’s plan for our lives and the patience to trust His will is difficult. That’s why, at the end of the day when our problems are resolved and the situations are over, God offers rewards. His rewards aren’t given just here on earth, but in heaven too. It’s His promise that keeps us going, pressing on through the tough times, knowing there will be better times and good results in the end.
So have patience, be faithful, and it’s true, you too will get your rewards from God at the end of this race called life.
FIRE8 Take time to breathe today. Step back, look at your circumstances and realize that all it takes is a few moments of patience and a little extra faith to keep your eyes on the prize.