It has been so encouraging to see and hear so many people at 2|42 reading the Bible together. I love scrolling through the comments on the Bible app and hearing what people are learning together as we seek to Grow with Others through Scripture.

As I reflect on last week’s scripture readings, I’m reminded of how often God’s people had to be patient. We began the week by reading about God’s call on Abraham in Genesis 12 and the promise to make his heirs into a great nation.

Woven throughout last week’s readings were reminders of God’s promise to His people that He would make them into a great nation “as numerous as the stars” (Gen. 26:4). Why did they have to be reminded so often? Probably because it took so long! It took 25 years for that promise to be fulfilled through the birth of Isaac, but for me it was just a scroll on the screen over the course of a few days.

This all begs a few questions:

  1. What prayers am I waiting for God to answer? 
  2. What promises for His church do we need to be patient about?
  3. Am I willing to be patient and wait on His timing?

One of the things I carry with me wherever I go is a notebook. I use it to store ideas, write down people, and things to pray for. But, it also lets me look back and be reminded of God’s faithfulness. Seeing God answer prayers that were made months or years ago is a great way to be encouraged that He will answer today’s prayers as well. His timing is definitely better than our timing, but patience is usually the ingredient we need more of to increase our faith.

How about you? Do you keep a notebook or journal and look back to see how God answers your prayers?

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About the Author: Tony Johnson
Tony Johnson is the lead pastor of 2|42 Community Church where he is helping people take next steps with God. Prior to his time at 2|42, Tony served for 15 years in various capacities within the Methodist denomination. He has degrees in broadcasting and marketing from Vincennes University and Ball State University, and he’s also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. Tony is passionate about helping people discover and embrace their God-given purpose and potential. In his spare time, you can find Tony cheering on the Miami Dolphins or camping and fishing with his family.

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