Don’t throw in the towel.
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise (Hebrews 6).
We wait for people, services, deliveries, reports or results throughout our lives. We wait because we are expecting what we hope for. Waiting requires patience and perseverance. We don’t like delays, so we often give up and lose our patience. Patience suppresses anger and frustration to accommodate others. We try to be patient with those who get under our skin. When we are patient, we believe that others are capable of doing better, or that they are trying their best. Anticipation for a desired outcome will keep us from losing steam.
35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the Will of God, you will receive what He has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, He Who is coming will come and will not delay.” 38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” 39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved (Hebrews 10).
Be patient by being useful and productive in what you can control. As a Christian, who believes that The Lord Jesus is coming back, hold fast your confidence in the promise of His return. Persevere in hardship by continuing to do God’s Will. You will not fail as long as you are doing what honors Him. Don’t give up waiting for The Lord’s return. As each day passes, the closer the day approaches. Those who lose their patience will begin to see no benefit in living for God. They may begin to doubt that Christ will come back. They may see their Christian life as a figment of their own imagination; with time they start falling away. We should not be those who shrink back, but persevere each day, with confidence that will be richly rewarded. We will wait for as long as it takes, while we do the Will of God. Our confidence is firmly placed in The One Who said He is coming back. Our faith will not fail us; it will keep us steadfast.
7 Rest in The Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret—it only causes harm. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on The Lord, they shall inherit the earth. 10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more. Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more (Psalm 37).
What does it mean to rest in The Lord? It means to rely solely on God’s Provision and Who He is. Confidence in God will keep us from trusting our own understanding. Sometimes we get stimulated and combustible because of the wickedness around us, that is against God’s Ways. Sometimes Christians wonder why wickedness continues to go untrammeled around us. We don’t understand why our prayers against violence, murders, injustices and evil are not being answered. We have limited power to stop any of the evil around us. We are to wait for God to mete out the justice that only He can bring. We have to patiently wait for God to right the wrongs. When things don’t seem to see change, we can become angry with God and hate others. Anger will cause us to take matters into our own hands. When we act on our anger or displeasure, we make poor choices. By trusting in our ability to repay wrongs done, we thrust God aside as The Righteous Judge. In due time, God will recompense the wicked, even though they seem to have accomplished their goals. Wait patiently for God’s Justice. God knows everything we don’t know or see. He is the reliable Witness and Judge. Patience will give us peace, because of our confidence in God. He will not turn a blind eye to those who prosper in their wickedness.
10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His Name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6).
If you love what you do, you will have the patience to complete it. Love compels us to grin and bear it. When we labor for the needs of others, we make great sacrifices. Sometimes it can seem like we are doing too much for others and we start to burn out. As one serving God, your labor of love will not be forgotten. Helping others teaches us how to express God’s love and compassion. Those who serve with perseverance will be furnished from God’s Goodness, so that they always have what they need.
I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps (Psalm 40).
There are situations that we find ourselves in, where there’s no way of escape; sometimes because of poor choices. With prayer and faith, we are well-situated to get God’s attention. Bare your heart to God about all the trouble you are in. Keep in constant touch with Him and plead for deliverance and resolution. Because you wait for Him, with bated breath, He will not fail to send help. He will pull you out of the pit, and set your feet on stable ground. He will lead you out and establish you according to His Will. Wait patiently for the Lord, even when it seems like He is silent.
12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3).
Since it takes all sorts to make the world, there are those who disagree with Christian values and doctrine. Not everyone will welcome Christianity and some will be offended and angered by it. Those who desire to live for Christ must be prepared to suffer for what they believe in and who they are. Just as The Master suffered, the servants will too. Christ was crucified by those who hated Him because He claimed to be the Son of God, doing the work of The Father. If we are united with Him in His death, we will suffer persecution as well. Whether we live or die, we abide in Him. Our desire to live as He did will steel us to suffer as He did.
As a prisoner for The Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4).
There are times when we lose our patience with others because they seem to foul up often. Since no one is perfect, we have to try to be patient with others. Patience is expressed by humility and gentleness towards others. We are to make every effort to love others and pursue peace. Within the Body of Christ (fellow believers), we can still have disagreements. We are still individuals with different quirks, personalities and sometimes still struggling to overcome sin. We are united as one Body in Christ, by His Spirit. We will be able to live up to our calling when we are willing to show concern for others, by bearing with them just as God puts up with us.
Patience is a skill that develops with time. When we have confidence in God, we will not be hasty to act on our own understanding. We can learn to accommodate others’ weaknesses because God is always patient with us. When evil seems to run amok, we should not fret with anger, but wait for God’s Justice, in prayer. Our faith will be tested by those who oppose us. Just as Christ suffered, we become more like Him in our own suffering. God will reward our labor of love for others, if we don’t throw in the towel. Our confidence is not in our own strength; but who we have become in Christ. He lives in us by His Spirit and we have everything we need to be victorious. We patiently wait for His return. Our love for God and others will motivate us to stay the course.
10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the Salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. 12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us (2 Timothy 2).