Picture this: you standing akimbo looking up to the sky and with exasperation you say to the Lord, let’s just get this over with already! Yeah, what a picture but it is one I have come close to a lot of times when I was just about to run out of patience with God. Wouldn’t it be great if He did what we wanted when we wanted every time? Sometimes, I just shudder at the thought of Abraham having to wait a whole twenty and five(25) years, I mean I even ask myself if I could wait that long for a promise from God. Well, I usually just hope and pray that He gives me such grace if that be my portion like Abraham’s was.
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Running patiently almost sounds like an oxymoron but that is if you are looking at the race am referring to as a sprint. Running is a fast paced movement and to be patient is basically to be able to wait. How do you run and wait? Like I mentioned earlier, if you are thinking of a sprint which is a short swift race usually completed in seconds then this running patiently just doesn’t make sense. But when you imagine a marathon or an endurance trek, running patiently suddenly makes sense. This race is for the long haul, it is your christian race, the fight of your fight!
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Scripture says in Hebrews 12:1 that “seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”.
There is a race set for you and I and the One who set the race is God himself and from this statement of running with patience, it is an endurance trek not a sprint. It is a race that will only be completed when our time on earth has been completed. One that is meant to grow us to full maturity in Him. James speaking says “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing”. And Paul too in Romans 5:3-5 says “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”.
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The word “work” has been used with patience in the scriptures we just saw over and over again because God uses patience to work out things in our lives. When patience has finished its work in your life, James says you will be perfect and entire wanting nothing. This reminder is coming simply against fatigue, so that we don’t become weary or faint in our minds as the case usually is in an endurance trek especially for those who started out thinking it was going to be a sprint.
Hebrews 12:3 says “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds”. It was Paul who said at the end of his race, just when he was about to die “for I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Don’t run “as uncertain” Paul says, as if you don’t know what you are doing but rather run to obtain the prize. Putting the flesh under, doing away with every weight and that sin that easily besets you. Keep the faith, offer always with your lips the sacrifice of praise and by all means, stand having done all.
So please don’t give up, let’s finish this race together! Enjoy your weekend!