In Part Two we discussed that it was God who made the ‘Smith that blows on the fires of our tribulations’. And that this same ‘Smith is the ‘waster’ of our lives. Also we discussed that the word ‘tribulation’ describes a balloon that is twisted and contorted.
However I can’t seem to get to the word ‘PATIENCE’. Perhaps it is because I have had so little of it in my life.
SO . . . Hold on, Here goes!
There are many stories of ‘patience’ in the Bible. One is Delilah’s patience in finding Samson’s weakness.
In the past we often spoke of someone having the ‘patience of Job’. Seldom do we hear that any more. Have we forgotten Job?
The greatest of all Biblical stories is Abraham’s trusting God year after year to produce the heir that would bring forth a ‘nation numbered as the sands of the sea shore’. Along the way, both Sarai and Abram lost their patience and Sarai gave her slave girl Hagar to Abram to produce an heir. They did–and the world got Ishmael!
God said of Ishmael: “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every mans’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” (Gen 16:11-12 KJV)
The descendants of Ishmael are those who now own the oil producing nations in the mid-east that have drained the Republic of the United States of untold billions of dollars. They are one and the same, with those who now seek to establish a World- wide Caliphate, with the express intention to destroy not only Israel, but Christianity as well.
The next time your patience is tried—stop and think on the havoc this lack of patience of Abram and Sarai has brought into the entire world to this very day–and it is a long way from playing out. Think 666. The number of the Beast!
However our impatience is usually of lesser things that are not history changing in their deed. Our lack of patience usually is the guy in the car ahead of us at the stop light that doesn’t move as quickly as the light changes. Or perhaps the older couple who dawdles along the highway at ten miles slower than the speed limit, while we want to be going twenty miles faster than the legal speed. Or, it may be with the child who hasn’t his or her socks and shoes on when it is time to go to Pre-K.
We live at a frenzied pace, in a frantic world, preoccupied with iPhones, iPads, smart phones, tablets, and all means of ‘social media’.
Too much, too soon; not to mention the addiction of the coming generations dependency on social media to the point of near total loss of face to face conversation. As a result we inherit antisocial ideology resulting in road rage, random shootings, bullying, family disturbances, child neglect, as well as no knowledge of history to provide us with a point of reference, leaving us with no knowledge of the past.
Sadly, the ‘Front Porch’ has been gone a long time. It went the way of family dining that was replaced with a greasy sack of fast food and a sugary, caffeine laced drink.
Family prayer? Dismissed four decades ago.
Somewhere in all of this we have lost our sense of ‘patience’. It seems as if now everyone thinks they are more important than everyone else—so they run stop signs, pull out in front of you when you have the ‘right of way’ –and will pass your auto on a blind curve or near the top of a hill they can’t see over.
PATIENCE? Where did it go?
There is a scripter that answer this. Paul teaches in his second letter to Timothy in chapter 3, verses 1-4:
‘This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;’ (KJV) NOTE: ‘incontinent means ‘Lacking self restraint.’
There are several scripture that need to be considered.
‘Better is the end of a thing than its beginning: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not be quick to anger, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.’ Ecclesiastes 7:8-9 RSV
Luke 8:15 teaches: ‘And for that (i.e.- the seed that fell in the good soil) they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience’. RSV
And lastly, the one we tend to shy away from:
“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:3-5 KJV
First of all let me admit that it is very hard for me to glory in tribulations. Revenge has always been the easier way out for me.
It was only after getting ‘REALLY SAVED’ that I came to understand not only ‘forgiveness’ but ‘patience’.
Patience is not one of the gifts listed in 1st Corinthians’ chapter 12.
It is a trial that must be practiced. Only through tribulations and trials will we learn it.
FINALLY: “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: For he that loves another has fulfilled the law.”
When I was 19 and my wife was 16 we started our own construction company. We had no money and no jobs but I promised to pay the owner of a hard ware store $3 a weeks for an electric saw. The company grew into a large industrial/commercial
business building schools, clinics, churches, manu-facturing plants, setting heavy machinery and we actual built a zoo with no fences, and a little bit of railroad. Also restored an 1867 calvary fort complete with hand whittled wooden pegs. After 28 years I burned out working 16 to 18 hours a day. My wife owned a furniture store and I became an employee. Went back to school and earned my CHC which enabled me to study for my Interior Design degree and registration. Practiced that for 28 years. Said I would never retire, but my wife closed the store!
Past Lay Preacher in Methodist Church. Currently non-denominational. Have taught in Assembly of God, non-denominational charisamatic and Methodist. Teach Bible Studies, Christian Values and Christian Living.
Artist, Interior designer, writer, Favorite hobby is reading, or is that sandpapering?
We just sold our two story Victorian home with 17 rooms, 4 full baths, 2 half baths. Built in 1900 and 1901. Since it is all wood, keeping it in repair was a full time job. Currently living in the 'burbs', If there is such a thing in TEXAS! Can now mow the yard in only one and one half hours. Whooopieee!