I trust and pray that you will be encouraged by the following the following devotional I have written. It's a bit lengthy but I feel that it is timely. There was a time that I didn't think I could trust God if I prayed for patience. I was afraid that the bottom of all things would drop out. But now, I see how wonderful it is for God to care enough to lead us into this discipline.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. Romans 15:5, 2Th 3:5
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope - that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Romans 15:4, Hebrews 6:12
Through patience - "This is in reference to the patience we exhibit during our various and divers trials. It is through the intake of Scriptures that our souls are divinely refreshed and comforted in times of deepest troubles. The Psalmist attest to this when he penned these words, "This [is] my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me." Psalm 119:50
Romans 5:4 and tells us that the "end result" of patience is hope. And hope maketh not ashamed. "And patient endurance proven character, and proven character hope [or, confident expectation."] ASV We don't have to search the scriptures to terribly long in order to find instances of those who patiently endured under suffering. The Bible is so pregnant with examples that the writer of the Hebrews tells us that there wouldn't be sufficient time if he were to record all the occasions that came to his mind of those through patience and faith inherited the promises.
"Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and [of] Barak, and [of] Samson, and [of] Jephthae; [of] David also, and Samuel, and [of] the prophets: Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." Heb 11:32 . Jam 5:10,11
Since the writer of the Hebrews uses Job as a model of patient suffering worthy of our attention let's look at some of the Scriptures that would bare this out. Although Job was called to the carpet "so-to-speak" by the LORD, yet in all his travail he never once renounced God. And that is why he is referred to as being a "stock illustration of loyal endurance."
Have you ever questioned God's loyalty or love for you? Have you ever shook your fist in God's face in a fit of anger? Have you ever felt that the "Christian life" was just to demanding and wished that you could have just walked away from everything you knew to be the truth? Well, consider with me a man who without warning, provocation, or explanation, finds himself stripped of every possession he had so earnestly worked for.
Then, if that wasn't enough in one-moments time he was deprived of the very children for whom he so faithfully and flawlessly made sacrifice and intercession for. See this man with his body full of disease and torturous pain,. To add to his dilemma, the very life-partner with whom he though he had a close and intimate relationship with, the very one he thought he knew the best turns her back on him and tells him to "curse God, and die."
I want you to listen carefully with your spiritual ears to some of Job's responses
while in the midst of all his suffering. "And Job rose up and tore his robe,
and shaved his head. And he fell down on the ground and worshiped. And he said,
I came naked out of my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. Jehovah
gave, and Jehovah has taken away. Blessed be the name of Jehovah. But he said
to her, You speak as one of the foolish ones speak. Also, shall we receive good
at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this Job did not sin
with his lips. Even now, behold! My witness is in Heaven; and He who testifies
of me is on high. For I know my Redeemer is living, and He shall rise on the earth
at the last. " Job 1:20,21, 2:10, 16:19, 19:25
How powerful! SELAH.
We have seen so far how that hope is the outcome of patience. Yet this is not all that patience produces. Another result of patience is recorded here for us. We read, "Behold, we count them happy." This word "happy" means, to beatify, that is, pronounce or esteem fortunate: - count extremely blessed, well-off! James 5.
Usually when something of significance happens in our lives, if our love ones fail us we always have at least one friend we can turn to. Not so with Job. His own acquaintances harassed, and accused him. Instead of admonishing in the Lord, he is calumniated by them. Yet at the conclusion of all of this, for a period of time some say to be at least a year, Job remains faithful and does not deny God. This is what patient endurance looks like.
What's so astounding is that we are told in Scriptures, (James 5) that all these circumstances served only to "beatify Job. No God is not playing games with our minds. Solomon writes in Ecc 3:11, "He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end."
Do you think that just maybe God is wanting to do the same thing in our lives and that just perhaps like Job, the Creator wants to turn our affliction(s) into blessing. Could it be that the Lord is preparing us and fitting us out to be His chaste Bride through all our trials? This is the true hope that patience if allowed to mature will produce. What a blessing it is to have the mind of Christ, His written Word, to support us through times of testing. Let me encourage you to meditate on the Scriptures which we have as an sure anchor for our souls.
Heb 6:19 Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.
For the Glory of His Name,
By Life or Death,
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GET READY FOR THE GRACE THAT IS HEADED YOUR WAY!
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