Rewarded For Faith & Prayer Concerning Saeed’s Release
January 16, 2016
We thank the Lord with the rest of those who cared and who prayed for the Abedini family that Saeed would be set free from his Iranian prison cell. The Lord does honor faith and answer prayer, and we who say we trust God are responsible to keep trusting Him steadily while He works in His own timing, sometimes delaying for reasons we usually are not privileged to know.
This morning my mom said that in her morning Bible-reading, she was blessed especially by James 1:2,3 which she then read to me over the phone. It says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” –Pure joy? –In encountering many trials? Yes. And why? –Because it is God’s way of testing our faith and developing in and for us that valuable asset of perseverance. For perseverance brings about maturity, wisdom, holiness, peace, healing, and all good things. (v. 4 // Heb. 12:1-13) Yes, our faith, once proven genuine, will result in our salvation, honor, and rulership alongside Christ Jesus. (1 Pe. 1:6-9 // Rev. 2:26 & 3:21)
Let’s believe in and thank the Lord for promises of His such as, “Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.” (Isa. 49:23)