Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
“Continue” is hard for us to do.
I know that I loved piano lessons when I was a little girl, but it didn’t take long for me to dread practicing for 30 minutes every night while my mom cooked dinner. That half of an hour felt like half of a year! Mom mom would encourage me, “You’ll be so glad when you’re older that you stuck with it, Honey.” Back then I couldn’t even fathom what she meant and pretty soon the lessons weren’t fun anymore because my lack of discipline in practicing. Needless to say I didn’t continue on with formal piano lessons.
But what if I had seen the future that now has that little tinge of regret my mom had forewarned? Imagine what a great pianist I’d be today if I’d had some patient endurance way back when?
In a day and age where bailing is the acceptable cure for whatever one is facing, patient endurance is quickly being replaced by instant gratification. People change who they’re married to, where they work and even who they parent in order to not to bother with patient endurance. Patient endurance not only needs to be reintroduced and taught to society but also extolled. Continuing is a very good thing and leads to fabulous results.
It’s the Enemy’s plan to make us sick and tired of something that is good for us. It is the Enemy who doesn’t want us to see the future. And the Enemy loves it when people buy into the concept of instant gratification and discard all interests in faithfulness.
But God’s will is always good, and I don’t want to fall into the trap set by the Enemy that tricks me into thinking following God should feel like piano lessons. God, who loves me and wants to save me from regret, fairly and gently warns me, “Janys, Keep obeying me, keep up the practice of following me. Patient endurance is what you need. I HAVE seen the future and you’re going to be glad you did!”
Thank you for gently reminding me to “practice!” And thank you that you stick around and guide me through it! Thank you so much for your promises that make following you, obeying you, and being your child the best thing. I love you so much. Help me to plod along faithfully. That is a good thing. Help me to teach it to my kids by example and encouragement everyday. Thank you for our time together, in Jesus’ name. Amen.