Ministers Wilbert and Jacqueline Richardson

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5

One thing that is very important in our walk with the Lord is that we keep focused.

It’s very easy to become distracted and sidetracked by challenges, circumstances, weapons, and situations, and the devil will temp you  to feel like God has forgotten you.

Sometimes the challenges of life can leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Patience is a fruit of the Spirit that all of us should possess, but waiting on God is often a challenge.

We’re living in an instant age. Technology has developed to the point where you press a button and things just happen. When we pray and believe God for something, we would like it to happen the next minute.

When we pray, we must believe that God has not only heard but answered our prayers. We wait on the Lord for the appearance of the answers. It may take a minute, a day, a week, a month, a year, or even years for an answer to appear.

We must always believe that God knows best and that His timing is perfect. He is never too early nor is He too late.

If you believe God for something, continue to wait upon Him. Wait with an air of expectancy and be in an attitude of thanksgiving.

Stop looking at your neighbor or your brother or sister in the church who seems to be getting blessings left, right, and center. Don’t become envious. You don’t know what they had to do or go through to get what they have. Once you’ve planted, be sure that your time of reaping will come.

Just think on what Joseph must have gone through. He was wrongly accused and convicted. He served time for a crime he didn’t commit. I’m sure that many days he must have felt like God had forgotten him.

But God had a set time for Joseph and He has a set time for you. All God asks is that you trust Him wholeheartedly. He knows just when to come through for you, how to come through for you and how to bless you abundantly.

The Word of God says that Jesus was tempted as we’re tempted and that He is touched with the feelings of our infirmities. God knows what you’re going through. He knows the tears that you cry and the pain that you feel.

When Jesus was on the cross, He cried out to His Father, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46b).

He not only cried with a loud voice. He was in agony, pain, sorrow, and heaviness of heart.

At times we, too, have to cry out to God with a loud voice. At other times we’re so burdened that we cannot even pray. All we can do is groan in the Spirit.

Romans 8:26 states, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

If you need to cry, cry. If you need to groan, groan. The best solution is to praise God.

God is still with you, no matter how dark it may seem. Your answers are on the way. You may have been hurt by someone you loved or trusted, and you may be feeling like you’re all alone.

You’re not alone; God is with you. He sticks closer than a brother. God loves you and He cares for you.

Don’t allow the devil to deceive you. It’s worth it to serve the Lord. Your labor isn’t in vain in the Lord. All the things you’ve been doing and the sacrifices that you’ve made to share the Word of God are being recorded in God’s book of remembrance. God is going to pour you out blessings in this life and in eternity.

Don’t slow down, and don’t stop now. You’re on the brink of a miracle. It’s human to become discouraged, but rise up and hope in the Lord.  God is with you, my friend, and He will never forsake you. He promised to be with you even unto the end.

James 5:7-11 states, ” Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

You’re special to God, and once you’re obedient to Him you’ll eat the good of the land.