Longsuffering

long suffering

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the
goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. 14Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.
(Psalm 27:13-14 NAU)

It is very easy to become discouraged as a disciple of Christ. We are
going against the grain of our society and it can often feel like a
long lonely road.

Those who are righteous will be long remembered. 7They do not fear bad
news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. “They are
confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. (Psalm 11
2:6-8 NLT)

God calls us to righteousness and those who are righteous do not fear
bad news and confidently trust in the Lord.  Do the words fearless and
courageous describe you? We are called to be strong and wait for the
Lord.

There was a man who walked closely with God for many years said that
at one point in his walk there was a silence from God. He almost felt
as if God had left him or was testing him and life had become stale
and difficult. He remembered waking and having no desire to pray,
study, or fast. He called it the dark night of the soul. He spoke of
trudging and persevering through the darkness until one day he came
out on the other side of it and his relationship with God was sweeter
and deeper for having persevered through days of temptation without
God leading him by the hand. He waited on the Lord and the Lord was
faithful.

Jesus died so that we might live.  Oftentimes people think of the gift
of eternal life as beginning after death, but we are already living in
our eternal life. The decisions we make now have eternal impact and
God is on our side. We need to recognize the weight of our lives on
earth and live them courageously and fearlessly whether God is leading
us through it or standing back and seeing if we are going to be strong
in His word, truth and promises.

Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, wrote,
“What we do is very little. But it is like the little boy with a few
loaves and fishes. Christ took that little and increased it. He will
do the rest. What we do is so little that we may seem to be constantly
failing. But so did He fail. He met with apparent failure on the
Cross. But unless the seeds fall into the earth and die, there is no
harvest.”

We must know and remember that we are fallen creatures destined for
damnation. But we are blessed beyond measure by the revelation of
truth. By the gift of the Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross we have
escaped the great emptiness that is separation from God. All of the
things we are able to accomplish in Christ’s name is a gift, to God be
the Glory.

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