“Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds” (Isaiah 3.12 NIV).
It is difficult to walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit and not see the fruit of your work right away. Many times, God allows us to plant seeds in what seems like an arid wilderness, because He knows that His rains of blessings will pour over our efforts in due time. Patience is one of the main testers of our faith. Do we trust God at His Word and continue planting for a harvest that seems impossible? Or do we give up and never realize the fountain of abundance that lay just beneath the surface of our dry circumstances? It’s easier to sacrifice our time, energy and resources into areas where we receive tangible awards (paycheck, diploma, attention, acclaim, etc.), but it takes great amount of faith and trust working a field for years on end that never seems to produce a crop. God uses this delay to reveal if our obedience is motivated by love or selfishness. Once our love stands the test of time, God will produce a bounty in our lives that will divinely overshadow our humanly efforts. And the world will know that God’s promises stand true: “the righteous will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.”
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” (Luke 6.38 NLT).