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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 15, 2011 - Steadfast

By Greg Ebie

If you look up the word “persistent” in the dictionary, you might just find a picture of Mikey! Of all our kids, he is the most tenacious; he refuses to give up on anything. From working on a homework assignment to building a model to asking (or should I say begging) Mom and Dad about whatever is pressing on his mind to any number of other things, Mikey will stick at a task until he is satisfied with the results.

I don’t always have the same level of “stick-to-itiveness” that Mikey does. While I’m willing to persevere, I’m much more likely to give up before Mikey. For instance, long after I was ready to call it a day when we were building our pinewood derby cars, Mikey was still raring to go.

How about you? Like Mikey, are you very determined? Or do you find yourself ready to quit even before you begin?

“Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit” (Luke 18:1, The Message).

Think about the diversity of Jesus’ disciples. I can imagine Peter being a lot like Mikey, never wanting to give up. Thomas, on the other hand, may have been more likely to throw in the towel sooner than later.

Even for the most determined, we all come to a point when we just want to quit. God wants us to know that our faith should remain steadfast. Living by faith does not mean we ignore reality; instead, we can see by faith beyond our present circumstances to perceive what God will do in response to our prayers.

Living by faith, we continue to look forward to God’s response; our hope is firm, and we determine not to give up. What some see as God’s delay, we have accepted as His season of instruction. God may not do things according to my time schedule, but God is not late. Our Heavenly Father wants to develop our character and faith. Our hope in God should be steadfast and immovable. The only way it will develop is by being tested.

The next time you find yourself wanting to quit, remember God is not ignoring you. He will answer you at the right time, but He may be lovingly testing your perseverance.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.




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