Patience

Psa 40:1-3 … I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

On this blessed day and in the last long few weeks, the Lord has taught me a lesson in patience; the Lord brought me through it through prayers of a specific person in my life and many of my own prayers. Many of us don’t like to pray for patience. Because we know that with that, comes the the dreaded answer. Usually a trial or a time of testing. And like King David, who wrote the psalm above, we will get a time of trials. And on the other side of that trial, what is produced is that sweet song of deliverance from a heart that knows his God knows best, and that he is merciful.

Jas 5:10-11 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 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 reason for patience is that he is conforming us into his image, to make us perfect. We should accept the testing so “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Heb 6:12 and “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Heb 10:36 It should be a joy to us when he gives us a not so perfect day.

Jas 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Rom 5:3-4  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

In the culture of our day, we see the “virtue” of me, me, me, and now, now, now. Everything is convenient. Fast food, shortcuts to this or that, quickie relationships etc, etc. What do those things get us but fat, impatient, rudeness when it’s not fast enough, heartbreak, and sin. The beginning of patience is temperance or self-control. And as the scripture says below, patience is one of those traits we need to have to be fruitful. Who ever planted a fruit tree and expected it to bloom and produce fruit in one day or even a week; it takes years to start bearing anything substantial on a new tree, and months each year to even produce on a mature tree. There are no shortcuts in producing the character of Christ in us, and it’s not a quick work.

2Pe 1:4-10 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

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