“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience:” (Ephesians 5:3).

During our lifetime, we will face tribulation. We don’t like it, but it does make us stronger.

You may have heard the saying, “Don’t pray for patience, it brings tribulation!” In order to have patience or perseverance, we need tribulation. When we persevere, we continue despite all the difficulties we are going through. The more patience we have, the more steadfast we become.

God allows tribulation in our lives to develop our trust in Him.  When we get to a place where we want to give up; our endurance is put to the test.

“Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory” (Ephesians 3:13).

Being steadfast means that no matter what comes our way, we will not be swayed. We rely on God for everything. We realize that He will bring us through the tribulation if we keep our focus on Him. It doesn’t make the tribulation go away, but it is reassuring to know that God is in control and that the tribulation won’t last.

Prayer: Lord, help me to endure through this tribulation. I know that You are working it is for my good. Teach me to stay steadfast in You! Amen.


“And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti” (Esther 2:17).

The Book of Esther is a small book tucked into the middle of the Old Testament. It contains just ten short chapters, with a beautiful young Jewish orphan and her older cousin as two of the central characters. The book contains a bit of love, a bit of intrigue, good versus evil, and a happy ending when good triumphs over evil. God is never mentioned in the book, but don’t be fooled. He is involved in the story the entire time.

Because the Book of Esther is small and easily read in a short time, we sometimes feel events are happening one, two, three, the end. The story is really spread over several years with silent gaps. Markers help us see the timeline: “in the third year of his reign” (Esther 1:3), “in the seventh year of his reign” (2:16), “in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus” (3:7).

Beyond the basic story of deliverance of God’s people, we learn other valuable lessons from Esther.

  • There are no coincidences when God is at work.

God used the actions of Queen Vashti to bring Esther to the palace (chapters 1-2). God placed Mordecai in the king’s gate at the exact time to overhear the plot of Bigthan and Teresh (2:21-23). God gave the king insomnia so he would call for the chronicles to be read to him. It wasn’t by chance they read him the part relating the conspiracy Mordecai overheard (6:2-3).

  • It may seem nothing is happening, but God is working behind the scenes.

At least nine years passed between the first chapter of Esther to when Haman’s evil plan was exposed to the king. During that time, God was moving all the pieces in place so he could save His people from destruction. Just because we don’t know what is happening doesn’t mean nothing is happening.

It’s the same with our lives. Our story may not be as dramatic as Esther’s, but God is working in us and through us to bring His purposes to pass. We may not recognize the importance of events until much later. What seems just a chance happening may really be God putting all the pieces in place.

  • You are part of God’s story.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5, NKJV).

Like a jigsaw puzzle, the picture isn’t complete until the last piece is put in place. Be patient. Your life fits in His plan.

Prayer: Lord, when I look at my life, I don’t always feel what I do counts for Your kingdom. I’m not seeing the whole picture or how all the pieces fit. I can’t see what You are doing behind the scenes. Help me to trust You with my life and realize that with Your help, my life does count. You saw me before I was even born, and You have a plan that includes me.


“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

2 Peter 3-9

I sat for the longest time struggling with how to begin this devotion, when I realized that this scripture kind of speaks for itself. 

I struggle with having patience, and waiting to see the full picture revealed. My husband doesn’t understand when I’m reading a book, and I skip to the last chapter to make sure everything turns out okay. 

This verse tells us very plainly that the Lord isn’t up in heaven being slow to fulfill  a promise just for the sake of being slow. 

He is doing it to protect us. 

He doesn’t want to see anyone destroyed, and what can seem completely innocent and harmless right now, could very well destroy us in the long run. 

He works all things out for our good, we just have to learn to wait. To stand still. To not try and skip ahead and miss some very important steps and information. You see, when I read the last chapter of the book I always miss the best part – the journey. 

It’s all a process, highs and lows, mountains and valleys. When you finally reach the promise you realize that you learned some very important lessons along the way. Learning lessons almost always isn’t enjoyable, but so necessary for growth and sustainability. 

If you are in a season of waiting right now, know that He is working on your behalf. We don’t always see it or feel it, but He never stops working.

Lord, I am thankful that you are a promise keeper. You will never go back on Your word and Your promises are forever.