Recently, I have gained a strong interest in studying the religious teachings of different faiths. Today, in between my classes, I reviewed some Islamic teachings, where I found the following quote that has stuck with me: “Persevere, have faith in His benevolence. Through afflictions God only tests your faith; He is completely aware of your condition. Have patience and wait for the divine decree. Do not become like the foolish laborer who is removed from the king’s palace for demanding his wages ahead of time.” –Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, “Fayuz E Yazdani”
Quite often I catch myself trying to dress up these blog entries. I edit them several times, check repeatedly for grammatical errors and contemplate different ways of saying the same thing. Yet today, this entry will be simple.
As the quote suggests, “Persevere, have faith in his benevolence.” Today, no matter what circumstances you’re facing, understand that God understands. We sometimes pray as though God doesn’t know what we’re up against. “God, I have this bill due, and looking at my bank account, I cannot even cover the tax on it.” Why reiterate what God already knows? Now, I’m guilty of this. As of a matter of fact, that example I just gave, was a recent prayer of mine. But, “through afflictions God only tests your faith.”
And it is okay.
I know this, because I’m living it. I am enduring hardships, I am healing my conditional faith (when your level of faith is determined by your conditions), I am learning to surrender, to accept the fact that I cannot control all things in my life. I yearn for the ability to have “patience and wait for the divine decree.” And, I encourage you to consider the same.
Because aren’t you tired of being tired? Aren’t God’s rewards worth the wait? I mean, who wants to be like “the foolish laborer who is removed from the king’s palace for demanding his wages ahead of time”?
Remaining patient and faithful in God is challenging at times, yet it’s much easier than trying to carry the weight of worry and stress on our shoulders.
May God direct your path,