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Faith Under Trial

When life is easy, of course we can stay faithful. Isn't that what Satan said about Job? But when a trial comes along, how we handle it can be a far more powerful witness of Christ in us than any service we might have given, any class we might have taught, any check we might have offered. Our blooms will show brighter and influence people when we faithfully endure the worst Satan flings at us. How you handle a bad situation, the fact that you keep on standing for the Lord, even if a little bent, will be seen by many more than ever before.

"But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day." Prov. 4:18

Even when we think we aren't, we are always planting. Even fallow fields do not stay empty. Grass, weeds, and even volunteer vegetables spring up untended. "Fallow" doesn't mean bare, it means unused or idle. A fallow heart simply doesn't care what comes up. Sowing the seed is a little bit like setting an example — you do it whether you intend to or not. You are planting something with every word and action. Make sure it's the gospel.

"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will be also reaped. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Gal. 6:7-9