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Simon Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” — John 6:60

There is a retired mechanic in the area who calls himself the “Honda Doctor”. Anything too old for dealers to fix he will.

One thing, though, he works on his own terms. He doesn’t need you but if you have an old Honda motorcycle you need him. He charges a flat hourly rate plus parts. Do his repairs take too long? Sometimes. Are the parts too expensive? Sometimes. Your only option is to either choose him to fix your bike or not and don’t tick him off.

God is like that in some ways. He works on his own schedule his own way. Does he take too long? Does he cost more than expected? Sometimes. Our only real option is to either choose him or not.

Fortunately for us he is good, loves us dearly, and works all things to our benefit.

The Honda Doctor doesn’t do that.

— fritz.

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Elijah obeyed God’s orders … And sure enough, ravens brought him his meals, both breakfast and supper, and he drank from the brook. Eventually the brook dried up because of the drought. Then God spoke to him: “Get up and go to Zarephath..” – 1st Kings 17:5-8 (The Message)

When I read bible stories I try to imagine the experience.

Here is Elijah, a prophet, camping beside a river and trusting God for his provision. But the river starts to dry up because of the drought. Elijah is smart enough to know eventually there will be no water, yet he hears nothing from God.

Did he get nervous? It doesn’t say. It does say when the water ran out God had another place for him to go and that’s what I hold on to. It may look like things are dying up, and they may, but God always has another place, another task, another opportunity.

— fritz@langgang.com

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Hurried Hearing?

“You can hurry speaking, but not hearing”

Ken Wilson, pastor and author of the book, Mystically Wired wrote those words in the context of hearing God through nature, but I sense a broader application.

Listening to God, anywhere, can’t be rushed.

We can pray fast, but hearing him may take some time, patience, and a willingness to hear at his pace. Holy Scripture puts it this way,

“The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. – Lamentations 3:25-26

Sound Bite:“You can hurry speaking, but not hearing”

-fritz

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“…Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge And to knowledge temperance to temperance patience;…For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” – 2nd Peter 1:5-6b, 8, 10b (KJV)

Faith needs additives1 to encourage growth and Peter lists seven (7) with the promise if they are present the believer will never fall, nor be barren and unfruitful.

Peter uses a word meaning “cheerful endurance” as a required addtive to self control. Sometimes we endure because we must, but cheerfulness in that endurance is always a choice;

Endurance with a bad attitude isn’t patience, it’s just being stuck, and
bears little fruit. Those who add cheerful endurance to self control will see difficulties turn out to be a blessing for themselves and those around.

– fritz

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