Romans 8:25 – “But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” (NASB)
I couldn't help but think back to the time I placed them in the ground. It has been a long dry summer, and the thought that the small tiny seeds I placed in the ground would grow to a time of harvest seemed hopeful at best. However, I persevered - taking time to water, pull the weeds, and hope for a wonderful crop at harvest time. Today's verse speaks of hope for what we do not see. With perseverance, we wait eagerly for it. As I picked tomatoes, zucchini, and peas, I thought back to the days of planting and the hope I had for what I could not see, and they finally came. In life we will have days when we hope for things, wishing they would come sooner, but we must wait for things we cannot see just yet. The key, of course, is how we wait. I could have just written the garden off due to the struggles with water, weeds, and the intense heat. I had a vision though of what was to come. So I persevered and got to see the harvest. In our hoping for those things we do not see, know that God will bring it to pass as long as we do our part - remaining steadfast as He is steadfast. So hang in there! Even if it looks like nothing will come of it, we have hope - hope in a living God who will bring the harvest to pass.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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