We have all heard about faith, however without another very important factor we will struggle. So what is it?
James 1; 2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Did you notice the last verse? It reads “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing”. In others words, “patience” is very important and it has a work. What is the work? To make us perfect and entire so we lack “nothing”. This simply means that “patience” is the bedrock to all spheres of our walk with the Lord. Wanting nothing, means exactly what it means “lacking nothing”. Which means that “patience” is an essential ingredient in our walk with the Lord.
Hebrews 10; 35 - 37 reads “ Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry”.
Did you notice the above verse? After we have done the will of God, there is need of patience to receive the promise. In others words, a person needs patience in addition to what they have done to obtain the promises.
So what does patience look like?
James 5; 11 reads “ 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”.
The above scripture tells us that job was patient. To state that Job was patient means that during his very difficult time, Job knew that God would come through for him, otherwise the bible would not have said that Job was patient. The scripture also states that “we call then happy which endure”, This is because the Lord always comes through.
Job went through a very difficult time (Job 1). Lets see what Job had at the beginning of the trial and how the Lord blessed him at the end.
When we read above account we must appreciate that there was a time lapse between Job 1 and Job 42.
Job had lost all his children. In-between this, his friend came to try and talk to him. It took time for Job to be restored. Why can this be assumed?
Simply because it takes time to have children. Remember that Job lost all his children. It would take time for his wife to get pregnant, go through pregnancy, bring forth children and see them grow up again. We must all agree that that takes time. This is why the bible says “Ye have heard of the patience of Job”.
Job must have trusted the Lord for full restoration. And the Lord did restore Job. He had twice in sheep, carmels, oxen and she assess. It can take time to see a full restoration of what one has lost”. However the Lord is faithful and we must remember that this life is temporal.
Another account of patience can be found with Abraham.
Hebrews 6; 12 – 15 “ That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
So what are you believing the Lord for? Just hang in there. Do everything the Lord instructs you to do, and be rest assured that pay day is coming. The Lord is faithful!
24/4/2019 02:56:19 pm
Bisi, nice post on the importance of patience in dealing with God. We need to be reminded of this. It is so easy for us to forget because of the fast-paced, digital age in which we live.
26/4/2019 03:52:51 pm
So true Pastor Frank. Thanks for stopping by.
27/4/2019 10:05:10 pm
Ah, patience! Not the one needed at the DMV line or behind the lady with 600 coupons at the cashier. PATIENCE. The one that calls for us to trust God to make a way where there seems to be no way. The one that calls FAITH ( as defined in Hebrews 11) into action. Have you noticed how patient we are in receiving our earthly paychecks? It almost seems as we don't even worry about it. Simply because we KNOW that it will come. I would suggest that the fact that we are kept committedly busy in doing what we were hired to do also helps in the trusting and the waiting. Boy, if we would only have that attitude about the Kingdom of heaven! Thank you, Bisi, for this encouraging post. Keep your light shining bright for Jesus!
28/4/2019 03:29:36 pm
Thanks Joe for the comment and for stopping by.
6/5/2019 06:28:30 pm
"Hiring Patience" James tell us that we are to put to work (or hire) the endurance and steadfastness and PATIENCE and do a thorough WORK, job (not Job), although I get your meaning. The writer of Hebrews also says, we are to "practice patience" (Heb. 6:12b). It's not a once-and-for-all endowment.
8/5/2019 03:03:58 pm
Thanks Mel for the comments and for stopping by.
20/5/2019 07:33:44 pm
Bisi, I can’t tell you how much I needed this today! My own beloved pastor has compared me to Job, and encouraged me through much hardship and suffering. I’ve been struggling with chronic illness for years and am going through an especially trying time of illness... yet again. I’ve been taking things one day at a time. I know God has a special plan for me, so it’s comforting to be reminded of God’s special promises! Thank you, I will be holding on to the promises and read up again on Job. God bless you, dear sister in Christ! 💙
20/5/2019 09:37:44 pm
Hi Angela we are grateful that Jesus already took our sickness and pains, so we are rest assured that God wants us well. Thanks for stopping by.
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