Patience and EnduranceBro. David Chancellor
9/26/2010 6:00 PM
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
These conditions have been around for a while. If you look over the last few years you’ll find all of verse 7. All of these are an awful lot of troubles and sorrows.
In verses 9-13 we see that conditions can be all kinds of ways around us, but we must be faithful to God. Many things will happen that are outside your control. Settle it to go with God all the way through. If you would be saved, you have to endure. We may face things in the future that we don’t face now. We need what it takes to endure to the end.
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: be hold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 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.
James emphasizes patience. Farmers / gardeners have to wait for the crop to grow before they can reap the fruit. God is coming back; time is passing by and you need whatever it takes to endure. God will bring it to a good end if you won’t turn aside.
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
You will need to rejoice in hope and continue instant in prayer to be patient in tribulation.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Chapter 12 says to be patient in tribulation. Chapter 5 says trouble brings patience. Tribulation does not work patience in everyone, by itself. Because we have faith in God, our troubles can work patience. We know things are right between us and God. Job’s faith in God made the difference in how he went through his troubles. Patience depends on faith in God.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that that trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience…" The troubles that come to try your faith can work patience as long as you keep faith in God. The deepening and grounding of our faith is what makes us better. Knowing your faith is anchored in God will help you come through the troubles. In troubles, our faith is made strong. "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations…" This is opposition, not enticement. You can "count it all joy" when your faith is anchored in the unchanging God. Whatever happens, God will see us through. "The judge of the earth will still do right." Our confidence in God is well-placed. Let troubles strengthen your faith in God. Let it increase your trust and confidence in God. Look for God’s way through the trouble. God has grace for the things we face. God can use the troubles to show himself strong to others. Endure to the end.
1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." All this has been brought to us by Christ and we rejoice in them. When troubles come to resist us, we still need to be faithful to God, even if we don’t feel like being joyous. "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ…" This describes the value of your faith. The value of gold is shown in the fire; the more pure it is the fewer impurities rise to the top. Faith is of great value when it can stand in the trial. The ones that wrote these books faced trials and persecutions. Their faith in the face of trouble is a strong testimony to who Christ was, and they were willing to do whatever needed to be done. Our faith needs to hold just as strong. "Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and fully of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." It’s wonderful when our faith stands up to the trial. Our faith can be just as strong that Jesus is the Christ. Stand true to God in the face of whatever may come. Build your faith in God so that it will keep you through whatever comes. Endure the daily annoyances and injustices with the grace of God. Have faith to be an overcomer. Your faith in God is important. Find the grace to endure and overcome. Trust in God. We need patience. Build your faith in God. Let patience have her perfect work. The battle is about your faith in God. Keep your faith in God. Never give up. Our faith in God is more important than anything else.