The Hard Places

For the believer, several resources in God make for your ability to live and to thrive in this world (or better yet on this side of eternity). One of such resources is faith, which is closely related to and sourced from the word of God.

However, in the exercise of faith for daily living and for times of demand, there is a component that comes with faith. And I have found that is usually a challenge or an assault to this component that results in the putting off of the faith engagement.

[35]Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
[36]For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Hebrews 10:35-36

The emphasis is in verse 36. Notice that he says ‘you have need for patience’. Why? It is so that after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.

What does this mean?

First is to note that in the equation that leads from the performance of the will of God to the attached and anticipated result, there is a gap. This gap can be real or apparent, or it can be time based or experienced based. That gap is called: Now.

The next thing to note is that the experience of that which was attached to the will of God, whilst designed to happen, isn’t unconditional – at least not to us. It based on the condition that the doer of the will of God (which is the believer), exercises himself unto patience whilst he waits for the advertised benefits.

Every heart that that looks forward to receiving results must learn to exercise patience, because we have need of patience. It is patience plus the performance of the will of God that positions us to be recipients of the intended results.

This is where it gets challenging for man and for a generation that is used to immediate and quick results – a Jet generation, so to speak. A lot of things happen at the snap of a finger, but not life. Life requires patience. Life demands patience. Patience does not mean idleness, neither does it mean slothfulness. Remember, the position of patience, situated right after the doing of the will of God.

It is post-input, post-obedience, post-performance. All that we are called to do is to do the will of God. Patience in this context is also an index for our trust in God. It is proof that we believe and trust that God can and will hold up his end of the bargain. Impatience then becomes a vote of no-confidence in God.

The promises of God are Yes and Amen. Your participation in those promises is only guaranteed if, in the day of manifestation, you are still found in patience.

He that will come will come. He will not tarry. Where will you be? Where will I be?

‘We have need for patience, after that we have done the will of God.’

3 thoughts on “The Hard Places

  1. Hmm. Waiting has never been easy.

    I met a couple some few days ago who have been trusting God for a child in the last 15 years. And yet, they still believe God is at work and He’ll do it in His time. Besides, it’s amazing how they still keep their joyful disposition.
    Meanwhile, I have been trusting God for a need in the past 5 years and I’m still wondering what’s happening?

    I firmly believe God is not a liar. After we’ve done the will of God, what do we do in the period of waiting for the results? We’ve prayed; we’re thanking God; we still believe. What else do we do while we are on the queue to manifestation?

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    1. Thank you for the comment. It means a lot. I invite you to join me next week as we explore what to do whilst we wait. You can also share some of your thoughts.

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