“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”
– Ecclesiastes 7:8
I believe it was Thoreau who said, “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.” I agree wholeheartedly with this quote because I am certain that there is a strong correlation between heroism and patience. In this week before Easter, many of us find ourselves in a situation that has thoroughly tested and tried our fortitude. For nearly a month now, we’ve practiced social distancing in an effort to defeat an invisible enemy that has turned our lives upside down. If you’re anything like me, there have been a number of times when my resolve has been thoroughly stretched in embracing this new normal, and I’ve found that forbearance and endurance have been my saving grace.
My friend, if ever there is a time to practice patience, it’s now. In seasons like these, the true test of character is not a positive outlook at the start, it’s a willingness to maintain a position of joy and faith, even as the road grows long. For our Savior, the journey to Calvary was not short, nor was it without extreme pain and peril, yet He persisted. The Lord carried His cross until the work was finished, and you and I must do the same. Though it might mean enduring disappointment, giving up things we’ve long been looking forward to, and dealing with feelings of sadness or isolation, we will prevail with the Holy Spirit’s help. In Jesus, every difficulty is resurrected to reveal a divine destiny and every problem is transformed into possibility!
Give me an extra measure of patience, Jesus, and flood my heart with peace as I walk this seemingly long road.
In what area do you need patience today? Pray and ask Jesus to meet that need right now.
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 so much Bobby for being available to the public in general. Especially at this tremendous time of trying. It’s great to have another resource to come back to and to hear encouraging words from someone who’s been through the fire and he’s in the fire along with the rest of humanity. Thank you so much 4 leading the charge and helping us stay on track God bless you and your family may he keep you safe from harm if you strengthen the storm and courage to the end of the line. Blessing in abundance I look forward to your next post living Christ Jesus Ruth Franklin