Happy New Year everyone!!! I am excited about January's theme: Pursuing Purpose. I believe that it is going to encourage and inspire you to begin to do just that in 2018. I am looking forward to a 2018 filled with divine favor, doors, connections, and blessings. I believe the same for you as well. The first topic to go along with this theme for January is Patience in Affliction.
Patience- An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay
Affliction- a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery
Although, we look forward to an amazing 2018, I am not ignorant to the fact that there are some difficulties from 2017 that are still present as you begin this journey of 2018. Some of the problems that you faced in 2017 have not necessarily been resolved just yet. This is reality. However, the difference in 2018 (a goal that you must aspire to ascertain) must be the way in which you handle your afflictions (those unresolved problems). They key is to be patient. Based on the definition above evaluate whether or not you have truly been patient during your times of devastatingly difficult circumstances.
When we are patient in affliction that means we are not letting our emotions get the best of us: anger, depression, pride, bitterness, revenge, and the like. Emotions get the best of you when the delay (the timing) has been two long by your standards. However, I read in a devotion the other day that in your delay, "you can become the person He wants you to be, do the work He desires you, bear the fruit He enables you to bear, and receive all the blessings He's prepared for you." Therefore, when you are pursing your purpose, you have to operate in patience. This is a sign that you just have to trust God even during the hard times.
Reasons we can be Patient in Affliction:
1. God remembers His covenant promises to us
Psalms 106: 44-45:
44 Yet he took note of their distress
when he heard their cry;
45 for their sake he remembered his covenant
and out of his great love he relented.
You have to believe that what God has for you will come to pass. The promises in His word, what he has shared with you in prayer, the visions and dreams you have seen, and the words that have been spoken over your life shall come to pass. He is a faithful God.
2. God delivers His people
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
God never leaves us helpless. He is always there to bring us out of the various circumstance that we find ourselves in due to mistakes we have made in the past, issues beyond ou