One More Year

Chester Droog

READ : Luke 13:1-9

The fig tree was highly valued by the people of Israel. It bore at least two crops, one in June and one in August. It was also desirable because its foliage was remarkably dense, well suited for shade from the summer sun. The words prior to the parable make it clear that the fig tree was the people of Israel, who were being told, “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” It is a parable of the judgment.

But it is also a parable of God’s great patience. The tree had not produced fruit in three years. The owner had come again and again each year looking for fruit but found none. But even then, when the keeper of the vineyard begs for another year of grace, the owner graciously consents.

I never cease to marvel at the patience of God. I have failed Him far more often than I wish to remember. The fruit of love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control is far too often conspicuously absent from my life. And yet in all my failure, God bears with me. He patiently waits another year.

Friend, may you be conscious of the patience of your heavenly Father. He is waiting for you to bear fruit.

PRAYER

God, thank You for Your patience with me. In the wonderful name of Jesus. Amen.