[CF Devotionals] 2012-05-08 - Peppers

Last year, Richard and I planted our first bell peppers. We tended them diligently, but there weren't any blooms. We lost one plant, but two survived. Seasoned gardeners informed us that we may as well throw them out, and start over next year. But we just couldn't give up on the green, healthy-looking plants. We still had hope. So we kept the two survivors watered through the Winter, brought them inside the house on cold nights etc. And a few weeks ago, "lo and behold," we spotted a miniscule green pepper, then another and another! We were persistent in faith and hope, we didn't give up - and it paid off.

How much more can this apply to our spiritual lives!

As Christ taught, as recorded in Luke 18: 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, `Grant me justice against my adversary.' 4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, `Even though I don't fear God or care about men, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' " 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (NIV)

Do you have unanswered prayer(s)? Have you given up? God's word does not promise immediate answers to prayer, nor does it promise that He will answer the way that we want Him to. But it does promise that He hears our prayers, instructs us to never give up - and if the answer isn't the one for which we'd hoped, He will help us to be joyful in the results. May it be so.