Belief requires patience , they go hand in hand. Without patience we will never know if what we believe comes to fruition. Without patience we take matters into our own hands before we allow belief to play out. Sure we can say we believe, but to wait for the Lord to do His thing is faith in action.
In Mark 4 Jesus states, “The Kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil…” (v.26) Here we go again with another Jesus metaphor. There are a few things I know about seed. The growth is organic, gradual and invisible, yet noticeable. More often than not, our version of growth is methodical, tangible and measurable. We want concrete results and we want them now. We want to believe, but we want to know that what we believe the Lord for will come true today. That’s not the promise of Jesus. The promise is that growth will come, “first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.” (v.28)
Do we believe this way? Do we believe that growth is happening in our own lives and the in the lives of those we encounter. Do we have the patience to allow God to produce the growth in us that He desires? May we pause long enough today to realize that God is doing a great work in us.