THE POWER OF PATIENCE PART VI
Waiting for the delivery of the promise of God that seemed biologically timed but whose time had naturally passed could be challenging. It could be a real trial of faith and a test of the patience of the believer. That was the story of Abraham and Sarah on the one hand as well as Zechariah and Elizabeth. It is written that Abraham hoped against hope:
“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” – Romans 4:18-22
Abraham patiently waited for twenty five years when it seemed that the promise came late to him at 75 years old. It is written that his body was naturally dead and the wife’s womb was equally dead. How could life come forth from dead body and dead womb? However, Abraham was steady and fully persuaded in his faith that God was able to do what He said He would do. He demonstrated the virtues of scriptural patience that is out of this world by giving glory to God in his seemingly hopeless situation. It is amazing that God imputed Abraham’s disposition and faith to righteousness to him. No wonder the righteous Abraham had the privilege of being the earthly progenitor God’s blessing on the earth.
“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.” – Luke 1:5-14
Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth were both righteous walking in the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless and they were barren as well as well stricken in years; the two of them were old. Naturally and medically speaking, the hope of having a child would have long gone. It is interesting to note that Zechariah was still on duty despite his old age and what looked like his unanswered prayer to have a child; his divine encounter met him on his duty post.
Brethren, nothing created by God can stand in the way of God; not time, not the elements, not satan and his hosts, nothing! It is also clear that God does not change His mind and He cannot lie. Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18.
Friends, the good news here is that nothing created by God can stop the fulfilment of His word in your life. Be steady in your walk with God by giving glory to God; refuse to leave your duty post in Kingdom stewardship and keep doing it with delight. Abraham and Sarah got “Laughter”; Zechariah and Elizabeth “Gladness and Joy”; your testimony will command the attention of all around you.
Scriptures for meditation: Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2; II Timothy 2:24-25
Jesus is Lord!