“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed, that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:13-14).
Patience is more than endurance. A Christian’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of a skilled archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says—“I cannot stand anymore.” God pays no attention, He continues stretching us until His purpose is in sight, then He let the arrow fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands. What is it that you need patience for now? Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. “Though He slay me I will wait for Him” (Job 13:15).
It is much easier to do something than to trust in God, we mistake panic for inspiration. That is why there are so few fellow workers with God and so many workers for Him. We would rather work for God than believe in Him and wait for Him. I am not quite sure of what God will do that I cannot do? Faith is not a pathetic sentiment, but a robust and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is faithful. You cannot understand what He is doing, but you know Him. Faith is a deliberate commitment to God when I see no other way.
“And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (I-Samuel 30:6). Even in the midst of trials, we can exercise patience and encourage ourselves in the Lord, who hears us and cares for us: “Oh come let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand” (Psalm 95:1-3, 6-7).
God has invested all in Jesus Christ to save us, now He wants us to venture out into the world in absolute confidence in Him. There are places in our lives where that level of faith has not worked in us yet, places untouched by the life of God. There were none of these places in Jesus Christ’s life, and there should be none in ours. “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee.” The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering. If we can take this view, life becomes a glorious opportunity for seeing marvelous things all the time.
God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of power, He has the bow in His hands and we are His arrows. The arrow waits patiently in the archer’s hand knowing that when the purpose is in sight it will be directed to the place of total reliance on the resurrection life of Jesus. It is patience which brings you into perfect contact with the purpose of God, to know Him. May you be blessed by the Lord who made heaven and earth, bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Romans 5 (asorensen.wordpress.com)