BE PATIENT AND HANG ON - Sunday, May 13
(Learn To Wait In Confidence Before God)
TO THE BIBLE Hebrews 10:35-36 AMPC
“Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised"
The Bible is full of accounts of men and women who achieved so much by adding patience to their faith; as did Abraham, Sarah, Joseph and Moses. This virtue is further developed through tribulations: “...let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance” (Romans 5:3 AMPC).
Many are impatient because they really don’t trust God, so they try to “help” Him bring His Word to pass quickly. Some have erred terribly in this regard, for example, King Saul; he was to wait for Samuel to come offer the sacrifice, in preparation for the war against the Philistines. Offering that sacrifice was exclusively the responsibility of Samuel the prophet; but when Samuel delayed, Saul couldn’t wait. He went ahead and offered the sacrifice. God had made a promise to Saul that his dynasty would be forever, but Saul lost it. His demonstration of impatience cost him and his lineage the kingship (1 Samuel 13:13-14).
Many still make similar mistakes today. Some people want to make major decisions, and instead of them to stay on the Word, which is divine counsel, direction, or guidance, they go ahead and do what’s on their minds, saying they prayed about it. In your walk with the Lord, trust Him, and be patient. If you’re looking to Him for a miracle, trust Him, knowing that He never fails, and His timing is always perfect. James 1:4 says, “...Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” You need patience for a balanced, successful and stable Christian life.
Colossians 3:12; James 1:2-4; Isaiah 28:16
Dear Father, my faith in your Word is unshakeable, and my trust in you is absolute! I’m not moved by circumstances, because I know that come what may, I’ll forever be victorious. Your Word is my guiding light, causing me to make right, and wise decisions, and live right, for your glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
John 6:25-59, 1 Kings 10-11
Mark 10:1-12, Numbers 16
Study more on how Saul lost his kingship, because he couldn’t be more patient in trusting God, in 1 Samuel 13:1-14.