The Hope of Spring follows a Winter of Patient Endurance
Spring has officially arrived by the calendar but perhaps not in the weather depending where you live in the country. We have family and friends spread across the U. S. so I keep abreast of the weather and noted earlier today that next weekÂ the warmer temperaturesÂ of spring will notÂ arrive andÂ some of the country will be receiving a spring snow shower. We know that whatever fluctuationsÂ the weather may have over the next weeks the warmer weather of spring will come. It comes every year as promised on the heels of a winterÂ filled withÂ patient endurance.
Patient endurance is often a hard pill to swallow as most of us are not patient people. We live in a time and world of instant everything and we expect nothing less than that. Some days it seems nothing moves fast enough except the time of which there is not enough. I often find myself getting rather testy when I see the time flying and things not moving fast enough perhaps you can relate to this as well. I have also noted that when time is running out that I tend to try to speed up, perhaps in the car,Â with electronics, orÂ other tasks which often brings to mind the proverb, “Haste makes waste”. Benjamin Franklin is known for this proverb but of course in our haste we have shortened it to only part of the old English version.Â Benjamin FranklinÂ originally said;
Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.
The original quote written by an unknown sourceÂ in 1575, as I understand it,Â is:
Haste makes waste, and waste makes want, and want makes strife between the good man and his wife.
No matter the origins it seems that we humans have been in a hurry for a long time as we just are not good at waiting, our tendency in the patient endurance area seems to be sorely lacking. We do not like to wait on God either as we want instant “fixes” to our problems even if we created them.
It seems like patient endurance may require some training but we must recognize it is necessary to keep us moving forward in the direction that God wants us to go. This week’s focus verse is Hebrews 10:36;
Patient endurance is what you need now, so thatÂ you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receiveÂ all that heÂ has promised. (NLT)
The Hope ofÂ Eternity Follows the Patient Endurance of the Faithful
This is a verse of hope that things to come will be better but in the meantime we must train ourselves in the field of patient endurance as it is God’s will for us to do so. There are better things than this world for those who believe in Christ and this evidence isÂ inÂ the Bible. There are people throughout theÂ books in the BibleÂ who because of their faith continued to move forward. We can get a list of the Bible’s top Famous for Faith Characters in the next chapter, Hebrews 11. If you are not familiar with these famous people and their stories I urge you to take the time to stop and look up their stories as they all show the power of God when His people turn to Him with true faith trusting and placing Him in total control. They all had one common thread though and that is the thread of patient endurance.
Patient endurance coupled with faith gives us hope because Christ has given us salvation. (Hebrews 7:22, 1 Timothy 2:5) We know because ofÂ our belief in Jesus Christ there will be a better life, times, and place. (Hebrews 9:15) When trials come our way our patient endurance show the world our commitment to God and that is the will of God as it brings glory back to Him.
The promises of God will come just as they came for the Famous Faith Heroes in the Bible. God always makes good on his promises but it often takes loads of patient endurance.Â The writer(s) of the book of HebrewsÂ encourage us all to understand the history of God on this earth and to know that no matter what happens to us in this world or our circumstances we are to keep moving forward with our eyes on Jesus as the promise of reward will come in the end. If we will look to those who have gone before us it will encourage us with the endurance to keep moving forward in our faithÂ inÂ preparation to enter heaven with our eternal lifeÂ at the level we need to do so. Because if we read on in Hebrews 10:37 we learn we must prepare;
For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. (NLT)
He is coming and although it seems a delay to us it is all a matter of patient endurance. We often become impatient with the wayÂ the world appears to be heading or even our own circumstances in life. Encouragement though for the faithfulÂ is found in the words of HebrewsÂ and otherÂ books in the New Testament on the need ofÂ patient endurance. However patient endurance was also written by theÂ prophets of the Old Testament too such as the words written by Habakkuk given to him by God in Habakkuk 2:3-4;
This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. (NLT)
Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. (NLT)
Habakkuk 2:4 was the focus verse in November in Faith with Trust Leaves No Room for Pride. Please refer to the underlined link on this writing for more information on this verse. It all once again though leads back to God making good on his promises to those who have true faith but it is necessary to have patient endurance. (Hebrews 10:38) Patient endurance depicts our faith and commitment to God allowing Him to make good on His promises to us and show the glory of God to the entire world.
Spring and its warmer weather will soon be here once again for all of us on earth no matter where we live. We surviveÂ each winter through patient endurance making the best of the season, appreciating its difference, and finding blessings within its starkness. We know thatÂ no matter how harsh the weather may get we can keep moving forward because we know that spring will come again as it has historically in the years before. It provides the hope of better things to come as we pass through the winter withÂ patient endurance.
We must train ourselves in patient endurance and know that with Christ the promises of better things to come will happen no matter our circumstances. May you be blessed with hope through your faith moving forward finding peace with your commitment no matter what weather you may face.
Love in Christ,
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WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
Do you have patient endurance or does your endurance in the patience department run thin?
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