October 9
‘You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.’ Hebrews 10:36
Bible reading: Luke 8:4-15 (Go to the Bible passage)
How many people hear the word of God and do not understand it... Much seed is scattered, but not all falls on good soil.
When we hear the preaching of the word of God, what do we do with it? Do we retreat in silence to let the word penetrate our heart? When - after hearing a sermon - we go about our daily business without first becoming silent before God, to ask Him what He has to tell us through this sermon, then the seed does not take root.
The word that was preached, must become flesh and blood, it must take shape in our life. If not, in a time of testing we will fall away. Then we did not learn in times of blessings to honor Him and to keep trusting Him. In the tests we then face, we will panic and scream: ‘Where is my God?’ Then we will notice that we have built on our own possibilities and have ignored the voice of God.
There are also people, who are so bound by earthly things that they have no time for God. They may seem pious and religious but they bear no fruit because for all their piety they are self-centered.
All this happens like it is written here (:14) ‘as they go on their way’. Do we also recognize this in our own life, that we suddenly perceive we have lost God ‘as we went on our ways’? Then we are spiritually barren and therefore – when it really counts - of no use.
But whoever learned to persevere in doing the will of God, will bear fruit for Him whatever the circumstances.

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