Daily Devotion

The Tortoise and the Hare
 
But as for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience.  Luke 8:15
 
I love folk tales.  Because they not only teach realistic lessons about life, but they do it in a lighthearted way.  I hope that you had a great thanksgiving and gave God all the thanks that is due to Him.  The tortoise ended up beating the hare in that story, and patience truly does deem you the winner over whatever ills you may face.  It is a hard lesson–Lord I am preaching to myself :D–but as in Luke 21:19, "By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls."  That includes all the blessings you seek and the guidance needed to make the best decisions.  Like the seed that fell on fertile soil, blessings are harvested with patience.  Nothing happens overnight.  Growth is not on fast forward, and neither is progress.  As the saying goes, progress is a slow process.  The only way to get that growth and get to that harvest is to water and feed your seeds with the proper foods: reinforcing scriptures, people placed in your life with wisdom and insight, and spending time in God's presence.  So feed your need for God!
 
"May the Lord direct your hearts into [realizing and showing] the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ and in waiting for His return."  2 Thessalonians 3: 5
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