It is quiz time folks! Name the fourth element in the nine-fold Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). Of course, the first three-Love, Joy and Peace- reel off our mouth instantly but the fourth one (very vital one at that) doesn’t come to our mind just as easily. Well, Patience as the oxford dictionary defines it is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. Spiritually speaking it is all that and more for it can even pass off as the twin virtue of love which bears all things…endures all things (I Cor 13:7).
In this Series of 4 parts, I would like bring to the fore how the Almighty develops in us the virtue of patience through some painful ordeals even while placing a prize before us all with an aim of moulding us into His Son’s image (Romans 5:3-4). Talk of metamorphosing an ugly caterpillar (when we come to him “warts and all” at the point of salvation) into a beautiful butterfly…(2 Cor 3:18, 2 Peter 1:5-11).
In this Series, let’s look at some men and even the Son of God donning the human vesture who for the prize that was placed before them took “everything” in their stride “patiently” (Heb 12:2). What is common among the greatest Prime-Minister in Biblical history, greatest King of Israel and the Saviour of the World is that promise of something “juicy” was not immediately followed by it falling on their lap but them obtaining it only after exhibiting oodles of patience in waiting and even suffering for it.
Let’s get into “action” straight-a-way next week, by looking at how the Almighty in His sovereign wisdom allowed a series of debacles in the life of a young “dreamy” oriental Easterner before transforming him into the greatest Prime-Minister in the Biblical history.
Prayer: Father, grant us Thy grace to take the debacles of our life in our stride, acknowledging that everything which happens in our life as per Your will is designed for our welfare.
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries
(To access the entire “Of Promise, Patience and Prize” mini-series, please click here.)