Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; Hebrews 10:23
I always grew up hearing my mother say “You don’t tell God no.”
The bible says that the race is not given to the swift, nor the battle to the strong (Eccl. 9:11): God’s race is not a straight line, it’s full of twists and turns! He tells us to run the race with patience. We need patience to get to the finish line.
- The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset;
- Forbearance, tolerance, resignation, endurance, sufferance.
In our path of transformation in Christ: God will test our patience! There are different times and seasons where our patience will be tested and re-tested. In order to reach Christ likeness, our patience has to improve and progress. Patience is more than being able to wait: it’s about waiting without losing hope and faith. Having hope makes us able to expect and be enthusiastic (a characteristic of joy).
In our humanity, we can depend on our own strength, but it will only leave us feeling frustrated and tired. Eventually, relying on our own will power, will lead us to hopelessness when we see that things do not turn out according to our timetable. But glory be to God that the Spirit of God lives inside of us and He gives us power to be patient. If we ask Him, His power works in us, and He will increase our patience.
The power of His might is able to do exceeding abundantly, more than we can ask or think of (Eph. 3:20)! We need God’s grace to wait! We need God’s grace to walk in humility! We need grace to forgive people who are not sorry!
Some of you are worn out from the battles and the unmet expectations. But God has a plan, and a purpose. He knows what He is doing and by His grace, He’s going to reveal a new level of His glory to you! I believe it! Do you?
Father God, most high and all knowing God; you know all things lord. You know our rising and our going to bed. I present our spiritual strength to you. I ask you to give us all a fresh dose of hope, faith and love. You are He, who works in us and has power to do what no man can. Help those who are tired, or hopeless to understand that it’s you calling them to get to know a different side of you Lord. I pray for your vigor and renewal, in Jesus name, Amen.