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A TRUE Christian Patiently Waits on God

The Biblical viewpoint on waiting on God is most likely one of the main ways today’s society is out of sync with the worldly view. In the Old Testament, the psalmist celebrates waiting patiently for the Lord. Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. (KJV) Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. (KJV)
Isaiah promises: Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)  
Waiting on God is a regular refrain in the life of faith. It expresses the healthy heart’s desire:
Isaiah 26:8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. (KJV)
Waiting on God is an echo of the supreme grace and power of the Lord! Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. (KJV)  

For centuries, people waited for the Messiah. You would think the waiting would be over once Jesus had come, but that was not true for most of Israel.
Now, today in the church age, we still are waiting, but for His Second Coming. We are waiting for our blessed hope: Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (KJV)  
We are waiting for Jesus to come in the clouds: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (KJV)
Knowing that when he appears, he comes to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him:  
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (KJV)  

The church has endured over 2000 years of extended waiting. We groan inwardly as we wait:
Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)
As we wait, we ought to be in all holy conversation and godliness: 2 Peter 3:11-13 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (KJV)
And as we wait on the Lord to come for us in this life, we are wise if we keep ourselves in the love of God: Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (KJV)  

Patience Is the Virtue

PATIENCE certainly is an elusive and vague virtue. Patience is the first thing Paul mentions when he speaks about love (charity) in 1 Corinthians 13. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; (KJV)  

PATIENCE is one of the most repeated exhortations to church leaders: 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. (KJV)  
2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (KJV)  
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (KJV)  

Eternal life is the reward and the possession of those who continue on with PATIENCE: Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: (KJV)  

PATIENCE is a virtue so rare indeed, and is a great divine achievement, that Paul tells us that it is exercised as a defense of his apostleship: 2 Corinthians 6:4-6 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
5  In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6  By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned
, (KJV)
2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. (KJV)  

PATIENCE is the ever so close companion of humility and the direct enemy of pride:
Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (KJV)  
Humility is the correct stand of the sinful creature illumined enough know that God is sovereign and I am not. Patience and humility (meekness) is NOT produced by us! ALL the fruit of the Spirit are produced only by the Holy Spirit within each and every TRUE believer. Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (KJV)
IF the Holy Spirit is not within a person, they are NOT Christians! Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (KJV)  

Three Ways to Cultivate Patience

  1. Renew Our Faith and Our Hope. When we feel the very first inkling of resistance, be wise and run TO the Lord! To run AWAY from the Lord is of the devil. We must adjust and review the focus of our FAITH. We must remove our trust of self, and keep it on the Lord where it belongs! We must become aware of our lack of patience. Most of us really do need to ask the Spirit to increase this virtue of patience! We need to work hard to save ourselves from self-reliance and revitalize our faith and hope in the Lord! Waiting on the Lord is NEVER a waste of time! Patience comes with faith, so if we increase our faith we will increase our patience! Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. (KJV) Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (KJV)   2 Timothy 3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, (KJV)  Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (KJV)  
  2. Pray and Thank the Lord Always. Waiting on the Lord should prompt us to pray. We are to be patient in tribulation and be constant in prayer: Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (KJV) . . . A healthy life of prayer does NOT necessarily mean hours each day in the closet, but instead eyes to see the opportunities that come our way and a heart that is willing in times of waiting on God! It is then that we can cultivate patience with joy, and be thankful for it! Paul prays for Christians: Colossians 1:11-12 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: (KJV)  . . . SO . . . HOW do we put on . . . patience?  Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (KJV) The apostle Paul points us to thanksgiving not once but twice: Colossians 3:15-17 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (KJV) . . . Emphasis mine. BE THANKFUL. Count your blessings, naming them to God. BE THANKFUL for them all!
  3. Don’t Ever Forget How Patient God is With us! Dear one, the misery of waiting on the Lord can point our hearts to the awesome patience of God. We as God’s children (1 John 3:1-2), owe everything to His grace, His loving-kindness, His mercy and His persistent patience with us. Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (KJV) . . . God was SO patient when the first man and woman sinned, as He is with us! And what about God’s patience in the days of Noah? 1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. (KJV) . . . And God was patient with Abraham and patient with Israel. He showed His patience through His prophets. James 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. (KJV) . . . And He is patient even with vessels of wrath fitted for destruction: Romans 9:22-23 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, (KJV) . . . Jesus Himself is the climactic display of God’s perfect patience toward sinners: 1 Timothy 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. (KJV) . . . He is “patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish: 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV) . . . We count the patience of the Lord as salvation (eternal life in Heaven): 2 Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;        (KJV) . . . And we bank on God’s Promise, that in all our waiting, He will sustain us to the end: 1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)  


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