Patiently Endure

First the grain… . and then the ear …. and then… Luke 10:41 Therefore let us run with endurance the race.. Hebrews 12:1 To everything there is a time and a season. Ecclesiastes3:1

Examples of Waiting
God is never, ever in a hurry – and Scripture is replete with examples of waiting. Abraham waited 100 years to have his Isaac – his son of promise from God. Job sat a season in sackcloth and ashes – before God restored the locust’s eaten years. Moses waited 80 years to start his ministry and be brought into the Lord’s presence. Hannah endured ridicule and heartache before she could give her Samuel to God. David experienced rejection and hatred before he received his anointed crown. John waited a lifetime to receive the Revelation of his beloved Master and Friend. Israel waited 2000 years before receiving their long-awaited, promised Messiah.

God’s Initial Plan
God is still waiting to fully complete and finally accomplish his initial plan for man. He started by making man in His own image – male and female created He them, proclaiming – let them have dominion… Genesis 1:26.  And from the fall God has been working towards His final goal when Christ is all in all. God has never been in a hurry to achieve His plans and purposes in your life or mine, and we’re instructed over again that patient endurance is the way of the believer.

God’s Eternal Wheel
But so often we try to kick against God’s timing in each of our lives, yet God has told us that the appointed time will surely come and will not tarry. No amount of fretting or pouting can speed-up the cogs in God’s eternal wheel. No amount of huffing or puffing can deflect God from His will for our individual lives. God told us what He will do and how He will do it – and He will complete it. God’s plans for his children rarely happen in the way, or the time that we expect them. At a time you think not He will come to you, and visit you, and dine with you. Don’t let your busy plans or work for God miss His quiet voice or gentle knock.

Cloud of Witnesses
The writer to the Hebrews lists a great cloud of faithful witnesses, who trusted God. The author of this book invites us all to travel along the journey of life this same way. Let us..  strip of every hindrance in our life that inhibits our spiritual growth. Let us..  lay aside that besetting sin of unbelief, that defeated the children of Israel. Let us..  run with patient endurance the life-race that is set before us.

Sowing and Reaping
The apostle Paul was a man that both taught and lived his life this way. He stripped away all hindrances and set his face as a flint to trust God unflinchingly, and Paul ran with persevering, patient endurance the race that was set before him. Paul understood the principle of sowing and reaping. Paul accepted the fundamental that there is a season for everything. Paul recognised that seed-sowing requires us to wait patiently, for the fruiting.

Hallmark of Patience
Perseverance, staying-power, steadfastness, and trust in God is the hallmark of patience, and God Himself exhorts us to allow patience to do its work in you. In James we read,  “let patient endurance have its perfect work in you”. James 1:4.  God knows that patient endurance results in the perfecting of His children, and God is never in a hurry – and Scripture is replete with examples of waiting. The great cloud of witnesses in Hebrew 11 speaks of the ‘patience of the saints’ – and those that tried to circumnavigate God’s will just extended their waiting period!

Looking to Jesus
Abraham, Job, Hannah ‘et al’ each had to be brought to the end of themselves. Each had to wait until they were ready to hear the Lord’s gentle knock and quiet voice, Each learned to patiently endure so that patience could have its perfect work in them. If we want to be like that great cloud of faithful witnesses who trusted God, let us lay aside every weight – let us lay aside that sin of unbelief which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with patient endurance the race that is set before us… Looking to Jesus.


Bible References

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Psalm 61

Psalm 64

61 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations.

He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

Psalm 64

64 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

75 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:

Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

77 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.

In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.

I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?

Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?

Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.

11 I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.

17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.

19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

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