Tag Archive | Patience

Luke 21: 17-19 ” All men will hate you because of Me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.”

Standing firm in the middle of trials and tests can take herculean strength on our part.  For just standing firm and not surrendering to the circumstances can take every bit of our patience and perseverance.  That’s when standing firm I think takes on a active connotation…you may not be moving forward…but you’re sure as not falling back.  Standing firm then means endurance, long-suffering, and self-control.

II Peter 3:15 ” Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation…”

God has the power to punish mankind…yet He refrains from doing so.  Romans 2:4 tells us it’s the riches of His kindness, tolerance, and patience that stops Him from giving us what we deserve…quite simply, Hell and eternal separation from Him.  His mercy and long-suffering are blessings we need to consider and seriously think about then, for God’s patience can last only so long…and sooner or later His judgement will come.

Lamentations 3: 25-26 ” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

Psalm 40:1 says, “I wait patently for the Lord.”  Exodus 14:14 tells us, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  In these verses in Lamentations the author, Jeremiah, wants to stress not only the need to wait patiently for the Lord in confident hopefulness…but to wait quietly, marked by little activity to attempt to fix things on our part. (In other words, not trying to “help God.”)  To do both simultaneously and to do them well is a real test of our trust in Him.

II Peter 3:9 ” The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

God’s gracious gift of salvation is for everyone…for He wants all to be saved.( I Timothy 2:4)  But we shouldn’t take His slowness in judgement as a sign of weakness, indecision, or wavering…but rather as long-suffering.  For it’s only by God’s kindness, tolerance, and patience is He willing to give all of us the time to change our minds and repent.

Philippians 4:13 ” I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

I have this Scripture on a beautiful plaque in my bathroom.  And as I was getting ready this morning, I glanced up and there it was…like a beacon of truth, light, and hope.  It was a wonderful reminder that I don’t have to do this thing called life all by myself.  In I Timothy 1:12 it says that the Lord stands by my side and gives me strength…strength in all situations.  This strength He gives me is much more than just bearing and suffering through a trial.  The strength God gives,  enables me to effectively handle with grace and patience all things that come into my life.  For it’s only through Him,  I can cope with all things for His glory.

James 1:2-3 ” Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

The only way you can become really good at something is to practice…whether it’s a sport, a musical instrument, or a newly discovered talent,  without practice, it’s just wishful thinking.  Today, this Scripture wants us to take a new and different attitude when faced with the trials in our lives.  It wants us to consider trials  as practice.  Every time we’re put to the test, we need to realized it’s a God-ordained crucible in which we are being purified.  In other words, trials equal refining…trials equal developing patience…trials equal suffering in the faith…trials are a chance to practice what we preach.

II Peter 3:9 ” The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

God is not hesitating out of uncertainty…it’s not from indecision either that He has held off judging the world.  No, it’s because of the Lord’s long-suffering grace and mercy that He delays the Judgment Day.   For in  I Timothy 2:4 it tells us, “God our Savior, Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”   Our Lord wants no one to perish, but all to come to the saving reality of Jesus Christ…but neither will God wait forever.