Scripture Passage: Hebrews 10:36
We live in a society of instant gratification, so much so, most of us are out of the habit of waiting. But so many times, there is a waiting period between asking and receiving. This is why we must learn the virtue of patience.
Hebrews 10:36 says, “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise…”
Adrian Rogers says, “With God, timing is more important than time.”
There are reasons God delays our requests or withholds blessing for a time. God may not give us what we want when we want it, because we are not ready to handle it. As we wait, we will develop and grow in faith, becoming ready to receive it. We should also remember that God does not give answers to those who are not diligent. As we wait, we must learn to diligently seek Him. God could also be waiting to ensure we are devoted to Him rather than the blessing we seek from Him.
There are three things to consider as we patiently hold onto His promise.
We are prone to forget the works and goodness of God, and how He graciously delivered us before.
God has seen us through dark times, trials, and difficulties; we should always remember He took care of us yesterday.
Many fail to receive because they have failed to endure. We cannot throw away our confidence, because we will need it to bear up under trials and difficulties. Patience is more than waiting or silent suffering; it is abiding with steadfastness and constancy. It is the bridge between doing the will of God and receiving the promise. Patience is not grinning and bearing—it is a blazing hope that refuses to let go of the promise.
Adrian Rogers says, “God doesn’t owe us explanations; God gives us promises.” No matter how dark the days become, God will keep the promises He gave us in Scripture. There will be a bright tomorrow because God’s Word will never pass away.
We need patience, so we might inherit the promises of God. Remember yesterday’s provision, resolve today’s patience, and rest in tomorrow’s promise. Get a hold of the Word of God and never let it go.