There are seasons of life that seem very fruitful to us. But there are other seasons… seasons of hurt, pain, disappointment, and confusion when it’s easy to look at the disaster around us and wonder if anything good could ever come from this. But, during this difficult season in your life, God may just be working to produce something in you that will sustain you in the coming seasons.
The fruit that we should be looking for isn’t blessing and bounty, but rather it is the fruit of righteous character. Throughout the bible, God never deemed prophecy, miracles, provision, or blessing as fruit. But what he did take note of, what seemed to be most important to him, was faith, integrity, and strength of character.
We often want the blessings and favor of God in our life, but we don’t want to do the hard work of allowing him to produce righteous character in us first.
I hold firm to this belief… that it would be unloving and irresponsible for God to pour out His favor and blessing if we don’t have the character to sustain it. We would crumble under the weight of it all in our selfish arrogance and pride. Little by little he uses our life experiences to shape us into people of his nature and character so that we can move into seasons where we can carry his blessing and anointing in an ever-increasing capacity.
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.