“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” ~ Isaiah 11:1
All of us have them. Those moments when we’re tempted to despair because we see no fruit from the seeds we’re sowing for Christ’s sake.
Take heart, fellow sower. God is at work.
“Don’t judge God’s work from external appearance. The shoot comes forth from a sterile stump. It seems like nothing’s going on. Learn not to judge a ministry or a person or a family by external appearance. Trust in the Lord. Do what is good and right—and let Him produce the fruit. Plant good seeds. Water them with your tears and with prayer—and let Him do the work. Don’t judge it by external appearance. God is at work.”
Sermon: “The Humble Beginnings of Christ’s Glorious Kingdom” (Dr. Andrew Davis, First Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina)