PatienceBro. David Chancellor
1/28/2001 6:00 PM
"Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof..." We want to keep our goal in sight. When it comes to salvation, the beginning is good, but the end is better. "... and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit..." Patience is enduring with grace. Life has things in store for all of us; sometimes easy, sometimes hard. We need to desire to please God in all things and during all times.
James tells us to be patient as some things in life take patience. Gardens take patience. You have to endure some things. We need to take the prophets as examples of endurance and patience. Jeremiah had to go through some things - not just "tough it out," but he needed grace. We need to go through the tough times with grace. Job went through some things and had faith and held on to the grace of God. We need to also.
"Patient in tribulation" or patient in trouble. Trouble is where you can grow in patience. We may feel our troubles are unique, but if this be the case then we can have "unique patience." Other people have troubles, too. Can we endure our troubles with grace? We want the world to see the grace of God. Patience is having the grace of God always present - enduring with grace.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
Paul thought much of these people because their faith and love was growing. They went through some persecutions and troubles. God gives patience. These had patience in their troubles. Troubles can come from anywhere. Things may be frustrating and irritating, but we need to have grace.
"Rest in the Lord, and WAIT PATIENTLY for him." Sometimes we have to wait in life. Waiting, alone, is not patience. But how graciously do you wait? Patience is being able to graciously endure the wait. You have two choices:
- Endure with grace
"show diligence unto the end..." Don't be lazy. We want to be able to claim the promise.
Running a race brings to mind the endurance of patience. If you are in a race, you don't stop just because you are tried, out of breath or because your muscles ache. Run to the finish and don't give up on the race. We can ask God for more grace to get through the race. There will be troubles and it won't always feel good, but we need to keep pressing on. "You don't see the great works of revival on Easy Street." When people need to be awakened to their souls' need, they won't always be lovely. You may have to endure some things with grace. If souls would find God, there is work to be done and patience is required. There may be times where it feels like you work and work and work and not much is accomplished, and other days you may feel as though you have accomplished a lot.
"In your patience possess ye your souls." If you would make it through, you need patience. Patience comes through troubles. Instead of praying for patience, pray for grace. In comparison to the troubles mentioned here - our troubles are nothing. If we aren't careful, the little trials of life will try our grace. Can we bear the troubles that come, with grace? We have to have patience to make it through to heaven.
Paul wanted them to walk worthy and be pleasing to God. God can give us strength. "... unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness..." Endure with a smile. Grace starts to have meaning when you go through something and are able to still have a concern for others. We need greater grace and patience. If you would be unique, go through all of life's troubles with joyfulness. People need to be able to see the joy of salvation in our lives. We need God's grace for every situation.