A Call for Persistent and Persevering Faith

by Lee Buford on May 24, 2010

If you’re anything like me, patience is not your area of giftedness.

In fact, I find that a lot of people are like me in this regard. Perhaps it’s that I (we) hang around like-minded people. Perhaps it’s a byproduct of the times…the result of a societal expectation to have everything NOW! No matter the reason, we all need a reality check from time to time, a reminder that our haste does not guarantee or necessitate instantaneous gratification.

We expect “more, better, faster” from everyone: family, friends, colleagues, and businesses alike. But perhaps most disturbingly, we often expect a similar responsiveness from God. We want our prayers answered now. We want our churches to grow exponentially…in the next three months. We want God to recognize our “extraordinary” efforts and, in turn, reward us for being “outstanding Christians.”

To the contrary, we are reminded throughout the Bible that God executes His plan, according to His purposes, on His timeline. We are to pray for, expect, and anticipate great things from Him, but we must remember that we have no idea how or when He will respond. While it’s certainly important to pray about and plan for as many opportunities as possible in our churches and individual lives, we must be careful to remember that He is the One who makes things happen…not us. If He so chooses, He works through us…not because of us!

As Christians, our lives and our sanctification are works in progress. Our churches are works in progress. Most all things are works in progress, and perhaps what we really need is a little more, good old-fashioned persistence and perseverance. Perhaps we need to be more committed to our faith, more committed to prayer, and more committed to the faithfulness of our Father. I’m often reminded of the following quote from Charles Spurgeon:

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”


As we prepare for the days to come let’s commit ourselves to the journey, walk faithfully through the process, refuse to give up, and pray for His sufficient, sustaining grace.

And let’s commit to the acceptance of His timing, in and for the events of our lives.

He is good. He is faithful. Trust Him!


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