THE VIRTUE OF PATIENCE

Apr 18, 2023

Patience is a very important key for you to walk in divine timing.

The Bible is full of men and women who were either late or ran ahead of their time because they never understood how God works.

Genesis 16:1-2 1] Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. [2] So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.

God had promised to give Abraham a son but it looked like what He had spoken would not come to pass. He, therefore, went ahead and listened to the suggestion of his wife without consulting God first.

They had detoured earlier to Egypt without consulting God; where Sarah had been taken by Pharaoh and would have become his wife if it had not been for the mercies of God (Genesis 12:10-20).

When they returned, they returned with Hagar who had now become Abraham’s second wife because of Sarah’s suggestion and Abraham’s failure to consult God.

Genesis 16:3-4 [3] Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. [4] So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes.

If God has said nothing, do nothing; do not presume, make any move or run ahead of Him but rather stay in that place of seeking Him because you are safer where you last heard God from than running ahead of Him.

It may look like nothing is happening, but those are the things that teach us to be patient.

The temptation to prove a point is high and many have fallen victim; they run ahead of God and before they know it, they run out of strength and backslide because they never understood the process.

David always consulted God first and never presumed; that is what made him stand out. (2nd Samuel 5:19)

David was anointed to be king but he went back to his father’s house to take care of sheep because his time had not yet come (*1 Samuel 16).

1 Samuel 17:14-15 [14]David was the youngest. And the three oldest followed Saul. [15]But David occasionally went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

Divine timing is key in fulfilling prophecies.

David cultivated the virtue of patience and continued doing what he was graced for until the proper time came for him to sit on the throne.

David had all it took to sit on the throne but he waited patiently.

It is one thing to wait when you have the anointing on your life but without resources but it takes heaven for you to wait when you have all it takes.

Read 1 Samuel 17:17-18:

King David, who had been anointed by Samuel, was asked by his father to take food to his brothers who were in the war.

Qn: Do you have the humility and grace to serve your brothers food when you have already been anointed king?

David had not gone to fight Goliath, but when he heard what was happening at the battlefront, he knew that he could confront the Philistine because of the wilderness experiences he had gone through while alone. (1 Samuel 17:20- 36).

There are things and lessons that God wants us to learn in secret before we ascend to the place that He wants us to have. If we do not learn them in secret, we shall fail in public.

Read 1 Samuel 18

David was a man who understand the timing of God that even after he had killed Goliath, he went back home until one day when Saul asked for his help in the palace; David then went and learned how kings live and behave.

You rather fail in secret than in public. When you fail in public, you lose people’s trust but many of us have failed to understand that wilderness experiences are important in cultivating the virtues that help us to stand out when God exposes the grace upon our lives.

God can expose you to moments that cause you to think that it is time for you to manifest: do not run ahead of Him because all those things happen to help you learn how to live in what God has called you to do.

It is not enough to be anointed and gifted, you need patience too to allow change to manifest in your life as you wait.

David was furnished with all the wisdom he needed to run the throne by the time he ascended to it.

Luke 3:23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, …

Many of us desire miracles but God’s best doesn’t come through miracles but through patience.

Jesus, the Son of God had to wait for thirty years to begin His ministry and He was done in just three and a half years.

James 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

There is a work that patience has to do in your life before you enter into the manifestation of what God has called you to do.

When you enter before It has done its work, you will abort destiny and lose because you will not have the wisdom to carry it on (Proverbs 17:16).

Allow patience to finish its perfect work in you and when it is done, you will inherit the promises of God (Hebrews 6:12, Psalms 40:1).

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.