"'Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready.…’” (Revelation 19:7)
Is there anything greater than the patience of Christ? His patience is like His love. It is part of His love, out of His love, because of His love, and by His love. The patience of Christ endured the world when He left behind His glory in Heaven, came to earth in the form of a man, and took on the weakness of a body of flesh.
Horatio Gates Spafford was born October 20, 1828, in North Troy, New York. He married his bride, Anna, in 1861 and moved to Chicago where he became a very successful businessman and lawyer. When the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 burned the city to the ground, Horatio lost all his real estate holdings along Lake Michigan. Immediately, he set to work helping rebuild the city and assisting the many left homeless....
Sometimes, we may have trials, problems, and tribulations that require a great deal of patience to overcome. Sometimes, those trials may come through those who are close to us and who are people we consider to be believers.
Our world today worships instant gratification, and we are conditioned to despise patience...Yet, patience is a critical quality of a Believer’s life, and Scripture is filled with examples of patience in Believers’ lives (Noah, Abraham, Moses, Hannah…the list goes on and on). The Word of God calls Believers to patience in this epic spiritual struggle that we call life.
As the old saying goes “Patience is a Virtue.” How quaint and outdated this seems in our fast-food world of instant gratification: a world where it seems no one is expected to wait for anything including material possessions, happiness, love, health, etc. But as we study the Scriptures we learn that God does not operate on man’s time schedule but on His perfect timing.