Ever get a past due notice? You know, the note that says you missed the due date for your most recent payment. Whether it’s rent, a utility bill or loan payment, someone is expecting payment. Do you ever feel that way with God — like you want to give Him a past due notice?
You expect payment from him for the good things you do for Him. You expect it by a certain time or you start to think it’s past due. Maybe you even pray a past due notice: “I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me (Job 30:20, NASB).” Despite your prayers, your pleas to God, it seems your past due notices are ignored.
In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he reminds them, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary (Galatians 6:9).” In God’s time, His perfect timing, Paul tells the Galatians: “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.”
1 Peter 5:6-7 tells us: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” In the proper time, fruit will be born by your labor in the Spirit of God. Be encouraged and patient. “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith (Galatians 6:10).”
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