Abide: transitive verb 1: to wait for: await 2a: to endure without yielding: withstand b: to bear patiently : tolerate (cannot abide such bigots) 3: to accept without objection (will abide your decision) intransitive verb1: to remain stable or fixed in a state 2: to continue in a place
Abide in me, and I will abide in you. Just as the branch cannot produce fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. John 15:4
I made a resolution at the beginning of the year to abide. To be honest I had forgotten about it until I came across the piece of paper I wrote it on. To abide, perhaps it goes into the category of be careful of what you ask for -when tragedy strikes, suddenly abiding is no longer optional. Truth be told it was never optional. Read the verse. We are the branches. We need the vine for nourishment, refreshment, life. We fool ourselves from time to time into thinking we are doing OK on our own. Really we are just being foolish ignoring our source of survival. So as I celebrate another year I resolve again to abide; to wait for all God has in store. (Will it be another adoption, a new job, a new ministry?); to endure without yielding: withstand b: to bear patiently : tolerate the loss of my dear friend, the nightly struggle at bedtime, the day to day grind that does not let up; to remain stable or fixed in a state, secure not tossed to and fro by worry and discontent; to continue in a place, grafted to my savior, my ever present source. I will abide.