“For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.”
April 28, 2023
Endurance means the ability to bear up under trials and difficulties. Many people fail to receive because they fail to endure. This is really the language of athletics. For a time, I ran track, and I would run distance races. In those distance races, if you run a mile and you’re a hundred yards ahead but you quit running, you’re going to lose the race, no matter what.
Now, what is patience? Patience is more than waiting. It is more than passive resignation to trials. The word patience from the Bible does not have a good English synonym. The word in the Greek language literally means “to abide under.” It has the idea of steadfastness. It has the idea of constancy. It has the idea of staying in power. Patience is the bridge between doing the will of God and receiving the promise.
You need patience so that you might inherit the promises of God. Remember yesterday’s provision. He saw you through then. He’ll see you through again. Remember, it is not patience that solemnly waits in the dark; it is patience that gloriously anticipates the dawn. And then, rest in tomorrow’s promise. I encourage you to take hold of the Word of God and never let it go.
Consider areas of your life in which you need to practice pursing God as you are patient.