Saturday, January 09, 2010
The Work of Patience (10-29-09)
The scriptures say tribulation worketh patience. At first glance this does not seem like an adorable promise. Yet I have a continual if not lingering proof in my trial that these words are true. There is something in the human psyche that gravitates towards comfort, resolution, and peace. No matter how obvious the hand of the Lord is revealed working to my good in trial I crave its end. Whether another 90 days or longer the delays rub me the wrong way. But patience is an excellent companion to bring alongside your faith. For faith which has inherent within it a trust muscle needs the endurance supplied by the aid of patience. As creatures of limited sense it is very easy for us to misinterpret God's ways and nature. We pray with eyes closed and expect our prize displayed before our eyes as soon as they open. Mostly this infancy is rare yet we'll doubt God and shipwreck our faith in an instant. God is very kind to move us beyond this self-centered toddler mentality. Through His patient work and situations that anchor us to a hope in Him we are dragged by patience to the faith obtained promise which ultimately exposes our doubts a fraud. It is a sharp edge that cuts to the very morrow of our being. It is where wheat and tores, sheep and goats, we divided. But all harvest is obtained by patience. Fight it or fight yourself because tribulation worketh patience.