As I write this, I am sitting in my kitchen looking out the window at the end of this year’s flower garden. Our Spring and Summer were amazing with the perfect amount of rainfall to help it be one of my best gardening years ever! It has been a spectacular Fall and the colors are so beautiful right now. It will only be a few more weeks and the garden will be mostly dead and in hibernation until Spring.
Every Spring when the winter has gone, I see the area where last year’s garden was, but only see a lot of dirt and little else. Gardening is all about the exercise of your faith. You put tiny seeds and small plants into the ground in faith believing they will grow and become something beautiful! It reminds me of my life’s work. So much of what I do is like planting seeds and having faith that they will grow into something beautiful. I write these devotions trusting and having faith that God will speak through what is written and help people. I work with people teaching them God’s Word hoping in faith that it will bring reassurance of His love toward them and transform their lives into something meaningful. I am continually creating small groups of people at church or planning events. I do all these things in faith that they will produce a diversity of blessings for many people.
I believe we all do things that require faith because we can’t always instantly see the results of our work. Faith is an every day, ongoing part of life. God is to be the center of our faith. We lean on Him asking for His help and having faith that He cares for and will help us—AND HE WILL! First of all, our faith pleases God and secondly, it releases us from what we have no control over once we’ve done our part.
Hebrews 11:1 NLT says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Too often, people put their faith in themselves, their ability, and what they think they can accomplish. People of great achievement that are honest will tell you that many of the things that contributed to their success were things they had little do to with. That is true for us all and should bring a sense of humility. For those that know and have faith in God, they can be honest and give God the glory and thanks. For those that don’t, they soak up the praise for what they know they don’t totally deserve. That will one day work against them.
I take a small seed that God has created and provided, and plant it in the ground. It turns into something beautiful. I really only had a small part. God made the seed and God created the process for its growth. I simply plant it and water it. God created the beauty with which it will be appreciated. My part is so small. His part is everything! Because of this, I have faith that what He tells me to do will produce a truly good result. When He instructs me in His Word, I pay attention. He is really the true gardener of our lives. I put my faith that the incorruptible seed of His Word that He plants in me will produce something beautiful! As a matter of fact, I know it will because it already has. And I’m sure it has in you too! So… have faith and let God be the gardener who plants His seed in you. You do your part watering that seed by praying He brings understanding to His Word and leads you by it day-by-day. If you do, it will produce many beautiful things in your life!
Hebrews 11:6 “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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