The Sheer Force of Patience

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” So says Jesus in Matthew 5:5 and he went on to live the truth of this verse. 1 Peter 2:23 says of Jesus, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” In other words, Jesus overcame them by the sheer force of his patience.
We don’t often think of patience as a force to be reckoned with and the proof of that is in what we see in ourselves and others. We know it as a fruit of the Spirit and a virtue we would like to develop, but the moment or season comes when it is required in us and it is nowhere to be found. Oswald Chambers said, “The greatest strain in life is the strain of waiting on God,” and I agree.
Patience can only reside in a soul that is sure of God. This is what enables the individual to display heroic strength to bear, believe, hope and endure all things, because he has entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He is able to say with Jesus, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Though the impulse to repay evil with evil is certainly there, he does not indulge it with words or actions.
Please know that your old nature will never submit to this virtue, for it is a work of the Spirit. Paul, in Colossians 1:11, gives us a little insight into the necessity of a power outside of ourselves to live this out, “…being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” May I encourage you to put to rest the foolish notion that a prayer for patience brings trouble and ask for the power to display the sheer force of patience in what is already on your lap.
Pastor Doug