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Of Penitence and Patience, Part 2

by | Jan 16, 2016 | Of Penitence and Patience (A Mini-Series)

Having focused on that aspect of God’s Character of reserving the worst for the last in the previous part of the series under the sub-heading “Penitence”, we now train our spotlight on His Divine character of reserving the best also for the last…

Patience…

The fact that God’s best is also reserved for the last ought to cultivate patience in us. Take the case of young Joseph in the warm embrace of his doting dad (Jacob) as it were, having dreams about his elevation over not only his siblings but over several authorities (Gen 37:4-11). Then it all happened…one tragedy after the other befell this eldest son of Rachel…thrown into the pit, sold for a pittance to the Ishmaelite traders by his envious brothers, being a slave in a benevolent Potiphar’s house in a foreign country (a lull before another storm), literally and figuratively pulled by the prurience of Potiphar’s life partner, landing up in a prison for no fault of his before being finally elevated as the Prime Minister in the Land of Pharoahs and Pyramids all in God’s perfect time. Boy it took him 13 long years to come to his promised posting. What carried him all along??? His patience, Ladies and Gentlemen (Psalm 105:16-19 TLB) that the good Lord what eventually deliver what He had promised him through the dreams. If the story of Joseph is the very definition of the phrase “Patience is a virtue that carries a lot of wait, then what about the one of young shepherd David anointed the King, even in his teens (1 Samuel 16)? From that time of promise onwards till the time of its fulfillment many years later (2 Sam 5:4-5), David’s life represented a chaotic rollercoaster ride what with he being chased as a fugitive all over the countryside by the envious incumbent of the throne…King Saul.

Then coming to the climax, as it were on the subject of exhibiting patience, what about the Saviour? Let the Scripture take over at this stage…

“Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame , and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb 12:2)

Yes, he endured the unimaginable, physical, emotional and spiritual suffering on the cruel Roman Cross. Now how many of us know that in order to cover the shame of our sins (Gen 3:1-10), He was crucified stark naked on the Cross? Reading accurate historical books on this savage Roman method of execution of yore or browsing the Net on this subject would underscore the point, I am making. Truth to tell, there is not an “area” of human suffering that the good Lord in His earthly sojourn did not “visit” (Heb 2:10).

Honestly, should I need to say more? We His children, who have been promised what “no mere man has ever seen, heard, or even imagined” (1 Cor 2:9), need to patiently walk in the straight and narrow empowered from within by His all-powerful Spirit till we are “up there”. Yes, let’s be patient when difficulties come along, trusting that He would not allow any problem into our lives which is beyond our capacity to bear (1 Cor 10:13).

By the way, have you ever contemplated that even in Creation the Lord’s best is reserved for the last. If in the old dispensation the Lord God created the perishable Heaven and Earth first and the first Adam last, then in the New dispensation, having “re-created” (read resurrected) the Final Adam First on the First Easter He is going to “re-create” the indescribably beautiful, imperishable Heaven and Earth towards the END (Rev 21:1) as an abode for all the “re-created ones” who then would bear the image of His glorious Son (1 John 3:2)! As we await patiently for all these ethereal events to occur at the end of Biblical history, let’s make firstly receiving a Heavenly commendation our first priority (Matt 25:21) at the completion of our Earthly pilgrimage…a preceding event before the ones of Rev 21. So Dear Fellow Sojourners, as we trudge along (I write these words cheerfully…a la Paul…down as I am presently with a disc-prolapse condition) first in the straight and narrow path with irksome surmountable obstacles en-route towards the Country, we are citizens of (Philippians 3:20) banking on the perpetual peace and joy of the indwelling Holy Spirit to encourage us every step of the way…make no mistake…patience out to be our watchword!

Suresh Manoharan
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries

(To access the entire “Of Penitence and Patience” mini-series, please click here.)

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