Each morning when I come to my car, I notice its web constructed skilfully between my mirror and the driver’s side window
Reference: v.4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: There’s a spider who has decided to take up residence in the side rear-view mirror of my car. Each morning when I come to my car, I notice its web constructed skilfully between my mirror and the driver’s side window. I’m not a huge fan of spiders, so each morning I get my car key and cut the web away from my car. However, no matter how clear I am about not wanting the web on my car, the next morning I will arrive at my car to find a beautifully constructed web by my spider resident! While it’s slightly annoying to have the web there, and I do fear that it will work its way into the interior of the car, I have to give the spider points for being so persistent with its web making.
Application: In our current world we are able to access things so instantly that I think we’ve forgotten to be persistent. The internet gives us access to millions of pieces of information in just a couple of seconds, the microwave gives us access to a warm meal in just a couple of minutes, and the TV gives us access to many forms of entertainment in just a couple of clicks of a button. And yet, perseverance is a very important characteristic to have… particularly in our faith. When Nehemiah discovered that things were not right with some of his people, he placed himself before the Lord for some time… not just for a few minutes, or a few hours, but for a few days. I’m lucky to give God five minutes of my time in prayer, and yet here is Nehemiah praying and fasting for days. It’s important for us to see that God is not there for our instant gratification, but that it’s important for us to be persistent in our relationship with Him.
Prayer: Lord, be patient with us as we aim for an instant faith. Help us to see that waiting upon You is the best way to go. Amen.
What do you need to persevere with?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.