“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
– Hebrews 6:20
The dictionary defines patience as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” I don’t know about you, but most of the time I fall short of that description, especially in what has grown to be a very long and drawn-out period of quarantine. Yet patience is a Biblical virtue and it provides evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives (Galatians 5:22). For Scriptural inspiration on this subject, there are several characters I look to, but one of my favorites is Moses. If you can imagine, this man of God lived to be 120 years old and his life was broken into three 40-year intervals. For the first third of his days, he was a prince in Egypt. Raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, he was privileged, educated, and enjoyed the luxuries of a member of the royal palace. Then, when he was 40, he killed a man for abusing a fellow Hebrew and fled to the desert where he stayed for another 40 years. Finally, when he was 80 years old, his true destiny was revealed by God — He was chosen to lead the Jews out of Egypt. Fascinatingly, while we think of 80 as being the tail-end of life, Moses didn’t fulfill His greatest call until he had eight decades behind him! You see, God is never in a hurry and His timing is always frustrating to us. However, it’s on the long roads of our lives that He cultivates the most strength, empathy, and power in our souls.
My friend, among the many precious pearls being fashioned in you in this time of irritation, patience is at the top of the list. As you are forced to yield yourself to the frustrating timing of a God who sees the beginning from the end and is never in a hurry, you are becoming more like Him in contentment, joy, and perseverance. Like Moses, you will step into your destiny in His perfect time, but it may be later than you desired or expected. Nevertheless, this season plays a vital role in shaping your character, and only after you have weathered the storm will you understand just how much the tempest strengthened your spirit and stirred a fire in your soul.
Jesus, I pray that you would use this time to cultivate precious pearls of patience in my soul.
How is your patience being tested in this season? What is God teaching you through the irritation?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.
Thank you, Bobby. I so wish I suffered better. I wish I didn’t complain so much, or throw so many pity parties. But, today is a new day. This is a new season, in Jesus’ name, and I am ready to walk out what God laid out for me to do before He created a thing. What gives light must indeed endure burning, and I know that, as gold is refined through fire, so has my character been refined through isolation and adversity.
Much love to you and your precious family.
-Kenneth Vert Jones, OKC
As much as I want to be back doing my lector ministry during the7:30 am Sunday
Mass at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. And playing bingo every Thursday evening and singing karaoke at our Miami Elks Lodge 948 .It is out of an abundance of caution that events like that have to wait until it is safe to gather again without fear of spreading the dreaded corona virus. Especially now with the elderly population who are the most vulnerable to that infection.But for now is the time to remain vigilant and to keep aware of ever changing updates and information.I hope and pray that The Hour of Power will continue its mission of spreading the good news of God and his healing messages to all around the World.And to Pastor Bobby
Schuller and his beautiful family may they stay safe and healthy.And also to the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra along with the guest soloists and The Voices of Hope
Children’s Choir that they also stay safe and healthy and continue to bless all of us with their glorious music and singing.As always I remain your faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ.God bless all of you and stay safe
I think Bobby meant Moses was eight decades old — not centuries — when he was called to lead the Jews.