Fresh Hope – 16th November 2017

On a recent four-day canoe expedition, I noticed massive trees that obviously once stood strong on the side of the river, now with exposed root systems, collapsed in the river. Upon questioning the tour guide as to what happened to the trees, he explained that the constant flow of the river water on the trees’ root system, compromised the strength of roots, and eventually caused the tree fall. This is a picture of the power of consistency. A once well-established tree is totally undermined by the subtle, but steady flow of the water, that then falls dead in the river.

Doing the same thing over and over can be exhausting and sometimes disheartening. We can be waiting and waiting for results. Praying day in and day out. Hoping and seeing nothing. Serving with no apparent fruit. Doing the right thing, with no evident reward. The fact is though, that consistency does eventually pay off. That is a promise from God. In Galatians 6:9, ‘And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up’.

God honours a perseverant spirit and obedient heart. Just because people may not be paying attention to what you are doing, it doesn’t mean it is not what God asked you to do. Just because there hasn’t been breakthrough, it doesn’t mean God isn’t at work. Just because you are still waiting, it doesn’t mean it isn’t coming. Sometimes we just need to do what God has asked of us, and trust that there is fruit in following His kingdom principle.

Have you ever noticed that Jesus never taught us how to deal with unanswered prayer? That is because Jesus never thought about prayer going unanswered! He knew that the answer would come, but consistency was required of our character. Character means you remain consistent in seasons when you aren’t seen, you can’t see, and you don’t feel like it, so you can reap in the season to come. In the words of Paul, ‘Be patient in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer’ (Romans 12:1).

When we demonstrate consistency, we actually display the nature of God. Hebrews 6:19-20, describes the faithfulness of God as a ‘steadfast anchor for the soul’.

Don’t give up! Those giant trees of your life will eventually fall, keep your steady stream of consistency going.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Emma Montesi

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