Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
If there’s one area where we stuggle in this fast-paced, microwave, social media society – it’s in patience. We don’t want to wait for anything. We want our fast food, and even our sit-down food, fast. We want a response to our email, dm, or text message, fast. We want our spouse to answer our call, fast. We want answers to our prayers, fast. And yet this isn’t always the model we see in Scripture. We see that many times, it must be come after a struggle through prayer, fasting, “wrestling” with God, or through importunity. And yet that’s not how we’re wired.
Might we be reminded that His ways aren’t our ways. His timetable isn’t our timetable. His answer doesn’t always come when we want it to. And yet we must trust that He knows what’s best. Might we accept the waiting periods, the trials, and the moments where we must wrestle and pray and seek Him, to work much needed patience in our lives. For when patience is worked into our lives and ministries, as we see in the passage above, that is when fruit is born. That’s when we’re perfect (well-rounded, mature), lacking nothing.