[Luk 21:19 KJV] In your patience possess ye your souls.
Patience is a hard thing to obtain because you have to have it to get more of it. Who wants to wait. Patience is steadfastness, constancy, endurance; all have the same thing about them, you have to practice them to gain them.
As I think about the old saints in the bible, God didn’t write about their greatness without writing about their failures. Or should I say seemingly failures. Patience is tried and tempered. Adam and Eve didn’t wait out the espousal period and hence lost their patience and sin entered into the world. Cain being that byproduct produce murder, jealousy and lies. Patience has a payday either way, the lack of or the fulfilled amount.
Abraham our father of faith earn his patience through his mistakes. Ishmael was conceived because of impatience. Before you judge, wait for a moment. have you lost your temper because the “fast food” line didn’t move fast enough. Maybe the person driving in front of you isn’t going the speed limit. You’ve been serving God faithful and have prayed for say 6 months on this subject, when is it going to happen? Abraham was 75 years old when God told him he would be the father of many nations. Given the history of humans and marriage, I’m guessing somewhere about 25 years old is when Abraham and Sarah were married. Do the estimated math and you have about 50 years of a barren womb. Now God gives him a promise and then doesn’t do it that next year. In fact 11 years later is when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael. Abraham and Sarah believed God, they just thought they would help Him in their impatience. Putting the waiting to be somewhere between 60 and 65 years when they “gave in” to impatience. Did they have ups and downs in this time frame, yes. Just like us today they had outside opinions telling them about their barren womb. No they didn’t have social media to help them see all the kids that their neighbors were having, but anytime they went into the city or were visited, the question of children came in loud and clear. The same questions of why not, how come and many of the things you are wondering today in your own mind as to why “it” hasn’t happened. Then think about this, all those years and Ishmael is born. Oh the rejoicing that went on, a son is born unto Abraham. Sarah now knew her womb was closed, it was her not him for sure. This isn’t just a story in a book. This is real people and their lives. Sarah lived 13 years with this in front of her face when God visited Abraham and told him that next year you’ll have your son, the promise, from Sarah. She laughed and God questioned her, why? Why, I’m 89 years old and have been desiring a child since I was a child myself. My...do you hear me, MY womb is empty and all these years have beat upon me. Does it seem like she has no patience to you? Wrong she served God and her husband despite the emptiness of her womb. What choice did she have? She could’ve given up on life and died. We know the story, she gave birth to Isaac when it wasn’t possible for her to even conceive a child.
Joseph spent all about 14 years as a slave and in prison combined. We can read over it quickly, but I assure you he didn’t live it as fast. Joseph had forgotten about the dream of his family bowing to him. Why because during the long years and “unjust” life he was living, with no promise of coming out of it, he had forgotten the dream until his brothers were actually fulfilling it. Patience...
In your patience posses ye your souls. In the accounts I mentioned did you notice that their lives affect our lives today? Adam and Eve lost patience and now we are all born in sin. Abraham had Ishmael and likewise there has been strife ever since. But also, he is the father of faith. He still believed God when God told him to obey His word. The timing has to do with others, not just yourself.
Isaac couldn’t have been born earlier. Joseph couldn’t have come out of the prison sooner. Moses couldn’t have lead Israel out of Egypt sooner. The timing of the Lord isn’t just about you. It’s about all nations, people and times. Yes we think and want things now. While we go through our time of patience, impatience makes us forget that we don’t live unto ourselves. Flesh is selfish. God is thinking WAY bigger than our life alone. He wants to use you for the lives you don’t even know about. Abraham has no clue that his walk is impacting my walk with God TODAY. I’m not saying don’t exam yourself, but sometimes the only thing that is keeping you from the desire in your heart is timing. You don’t have that marriage yet, timing. You don’t have that job, baby, house.... timing. In your patience possess ye your souls. Possess your soul unto God. Keep it clean, holy and humble waiting on Him, don’t sell out. He has great plans.
[Isa 55:8-9 KJV For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.]
[Jer 29:11 KJV For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.]
Submitted by: Tina Marie