But God Knows the Power of Patience- Lent 25,2021

Being told your descendants would have an inheritance might seem really odd to a very old and very childless man.  As we focus on living between the City of Man and the City of God during Lent 2021, maintaining peace in God’s promises in the absence of God’s clear action is pretty hard to do. It happens only by faith and Scripture holds Abraham as a model this, credited as righteousness. He believed God.

Acts 7:5 God gave him no inheritance here, not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child.

No inheritance for Abraham.
Not even enough ground for one foot.
All he had was a promise from God and that was enough.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for…13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.    

Delayed gratification is an undervalued trait by the Want-It-Now generation
that can get anything at any time, delivered anywhere in the world,
even largely in spite of a pandemic! 
But unrealized promises and hope delayed can be the very soil in which faith grows.
There is a faith-building power in patience.

Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Lord Jesus, help us to wait patiently for the redemption You have promised.  Help us to hold the line in view of our friends and neighbors so they will see our faith and believe also.  We ask, Lord, that if it be Your will, You will come soon.  We watch and wait for You.  Lord Jesus, we love You. Amen.

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  • Lent 2013 looked at The Letter to the Romans: Paul’s Masterpiece to reclaim foundations of our Christian heritage and began February 13, 2013.
  •  A very special and ever popular offering was Lent 2014’s Be Still and Know that I AM God  which can be obtained through the archives beginning in March 2014. 
  • Lent 2015 began on February 18, 2015 with a series entitled With Christ in the Upper Room: Final Preparations.  We explored what is often called “The Upper Room Discourse” found in John chapters 13-17
  • ReKindle, the Lent 2016 series, began on February 10, 2016 and encouraged us to rekindle our spiritual lives.
  • Light: There’s Nothing Like It was the 2017 Lent series and explored this metaphor often used to portray Christ.  It is archived beginning March 1, 2017.
  • Lent 2018, we explored the questions of Pi and Chi (the Greek letter beginning the word Christos, which means Christ, Messiah, the Anointed One). We asked and answered the questions “Why?” from the movie Life of Pi as we discovered the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a world of many faiths.
  • Lent 2019 gave us a deeper window into Easter “More to the Easter Story” since we miss so much when we rely only on a superficial understanding of the work of Christ. These devotionals are archived beginning March 6, 2019.
  • Our Lent 2020 devotional series offered prayer points surrounding “Be Thou My Vision” and were aimed at helping us to see God for who He is. The full set of devotionals are archived beginning February 26, 2020.


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