“You’ll even be turned in by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. Some of you will be killed. There’s no telling who will hate you because of me. Even so, every detail of your body and soul—even the hairs of your head!—is in my care; nothing of you will be lost. Staying with it—that’s what is required. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry; you’ll be saved.” Luke 21:19 MSG
Patience is a friend of time. Impatience is the best friend of destruction. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that can replace patience as invaluable virtue. Good timing produces the concrete result, which in the end somehow makes the long waiting worthwhile.
Hanging in there does come with lots of sacrifices. First, it requires reaffirming your faith in God. Under no circumstances must you doubt the Lord’s capabilities in providing the desirable outcome. Second, it demands to embrace the spirit of positivity. Yes, you believe it and you shall have it! That’s how it works. Staying in the realm of visualising that you have already obtained what your need even when you have not received it.
Third, you have to pray. No one can pray for you as much as you can. Prayer is like the cement that solidifies the bricks to ensure they do not fall apart. Prayer is the torchlight that illuminates the dark places. Prayer is the passport to create the first point of contact with God. Overall, prayer is the mantra of a genuine Christian!
Fourth and last, be patience. The price(s) that is associated with waiting is inestimable! When you rush to obtain something, you are likely to get the counterfeit or something that you may not like at all. The best is to hang in there; wait, wait and wait until you have the real thing you asked for.
“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4)
The Chambers Thesaurus defines perseverance as a “The fact, process, condition, or quality of persevering; constant or steadfast persistence in a course of action or in pursuit of an aim. ”
Steadfast persistence? In pursuit of an aim?
We all want something in our lives. Some of us wish to acquire property, education, job promotion, establish a family, get a new pet, go on that dream vacation and there are those who just want nothing but to be happy. Yes, …to be happy! Just obtaining one minute of happiness is sufficient for some people because probably throughout their lives they are being confronted with constant crisis ranging from health issues, financial disability or whatever.
I bet we must have heard the popular saying, no gain without pain. There is an enormous difference between wanting something and wanting something so badly. The question, which revolves around this is, what do you want?
There may be no ‘priority tag’ attach to just wanting a thing. Nonetheless, there will be a first-class ‘priority tag’ affix on something badly needed. As for the former, one might consider obtaining that thing another day or time by virtue of the level of importance placed over it. However, in the case of the latter, we tend to view it as a matter of life and death. We want this thing at all cost. Therefore, we are fully prepared to do whatever it takes to get it even if it will take years.
This is perseverance.
Throughout his growing up, Jacob built bad reputations for himself. He stole his older brother’s rights; he tricked his father into diverting Esau’s blessings upon him (Jacob) and fled for his life. He knew he was a bad guy, but it was possible he did not expect the dissembled, injurious treatment Laban melted at him. After all, Jacob was paying dearly for his past wrongdoings. It became too much for him that he decided to part ways with Laban as he took his wives, children and property to go far away. Jacob was sick and tired being maltreated. He felt he’d pay enough for what he did to Esau. He longed dearly to run from this bondage.
And in Genesis 32: 26, Jacob got the opportunity to alter his life forever when he wrestled with God and the reward he got was divinely a permanently changing his name. His identity was remoulded. His reputation wiped clean and his position reinstated when a reconciled with his brother. Israel could have stayed back with Laban and continue to suffer in silence.
Perseverance cannot tolerate procrastination. If we are steadfast, it means we will sit tight and not play around, which is what procrastination entails. Perseverance ignites the passion of authentically love doing what we are doing to get what we what. At least we love to obtain that thing and this is the reason why we persevere. We are unwilling to focus on the pain that emerges from it. We opt not to listen to what people say to dissuade us from moving forward with our projects.
Perseverance needs faith to blossom. Let us pause to ask: why am I toiling this hard? Does that means I believe God is going to do it? If our respective response is affirmative, then we are placed on the right track. However, if we are struggling with finding the appropriate answer, I would like to declare that there is a possibility that we might be toiling in vain. We can persevere for days, weeks, or years, but if we do not trust God and believe Him for a positive outcome, it is like pouring fresh water in a basket, which definitely will not hold any water.
I will leave us with an amazing story of Hannah, the mother of prophet Samuel. The initial opening sentence of Amplified Bible of 1 Samuel 1:1 says in bracket, “Hannah pours out her heart to God“. Despite Elkanah, her husband’s loving soothing words (1 Samuel 1:8), Hannah persisted and believed. She knew there is more to receiving praise from her man. She knew that that ‘more’ is having a biological child and not just listening to everyday consolation from Elkanah. Her perseverance plus faith in God opened the gate of heaven and poured out abundance blessings upon her. She became Prophet Samuel’s, and added to that, “God was most especially kind to Hannah. She had three more sons and two daughters! The boy Samuel stayed at the sanctuary and grew up with God.” (1 Samuel 2:21 MSG)
May God help us to trust Him more and more, and to never give up too quickly on our life’s journeys
In Jesus name, AMEN
If I had not trusted Jehovah for that visa, I would not have gotten it that rapidly.
There is no requirement to obey someone if we do not trust that person. Lots of people do not believe God and His existence because they have no confidence in Him. Why wasting time hanging onto something that we do not value? What’s the point?
When coming to the Almighty, we must believe He is there and waiting to receive us. When we come to Him with 50% of our hearts fill with fear and uncertainty, literally we are showing Him that although we believe, we are not yet convinced of His incomparable grace.
Moses doubted God when he was first called. He could have run the divine errand without needing Aaron instead he capitalised on his stammering tongue. Gideon hesitated about warring with the Midianites that he put God to a series of tests regarding the fleece of wool, dew or no dew on the threshing floor. Jonah fled, foolishly thinking God is not Omnipresent. The Bible is richly full of men and women like those listed above, and what these people share is that they were tried, tested and won over to God. They realised that without profound dependence on God for everything, their lives would have been chaotic.
Every time is God’s time BUT there is precise timing for everything. King Solomon says, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven”(Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMP). It occurred to me that those days, weeks and months that I’d wait to go to get this visa were predefined. God requested me to wait. And this I knew not as I just not ready for going there.
Patience is a powerful virtue. It saves a man from lots of headache and unforeseen catastrophic in any given occasion. We must take into account that every man’s destiny is different. Some people are designed to marry earlier in life than others. In fact, some do not need to enter into marriage unless they lack sexual self-control (1 Corinthians 7:9 AMP). If you are expected to marry at 60 years of age, then please WAIT! One day of happiness is preferable to ten years of consistent fighting in a marriage.
Many people are fleeing their unhappy marriages. Some are depressed with their choice of career, and others are chewing their fingers in regret for rushing into decisions. Lack of foresight leads most of the brothers and sisters to marry the wrong persons. Today, divorce rates are sky rocking like the Wall Street trade stocks. We are not far from hearing talks like, “I wish I had known of this”, “the whole thing was a mistake”, “what was I thinking?”, et cetera.
If only they’d wait and refused to listen to the dictate of the world. Patience equals to good timing while impatience leads to erroneous choices. It makes no difference how long it takes for us to have what we want. As long as we are firmly deeply rooted in God’s word, we will be scared and we will be endowed with His grace because the Hold Spirit will teach us to wait.
Whom must we obey, God or the society? Who created the society in the first place? Is it not God? So why should we be forced to live as unbelievers. The Bible states in the book of Mark 13:31 (AMP). “Heaven and earth will perish and pass away, but My words will not perish or pass away”. People are people and we cannot do anything about that. But we can change our attitude, tune our receptors away from the hearsays of the world and focus our attention on God who is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the One that was, and is and is to come.
Do not rush to get that job because everyone else is getting it. What if you get the money but not the contentment? When something, or someone is rightfully yours, God will move on your behalf by breaking the protocols for you.
In Jesus name, AMEN.