Luke 21:19 By your patience possess your souls.
I’ve been having a hard time with patience lately. It seems that everything I set out to accomplish is delayed for one reason or another. One of the hardest things we humans have to do is wait, and most of us aren’t very good at it. Today I’m impatiently waiting for a delivery that’s several hours overdue. Yesterday I thought I had everything lined up concerning a project I’d been working on only to find there’s a problem that will delay the whole thing. When I was a kid one of my uncles once told me, “Life is just a cycle of hurry up and wait.”
But Jesus said, “By your patience possess your souls.” When He said that He wasn’t talking about mundane, earthly things like deliveries and snags that delay a project from coming to fruition. He was talking about eternity. In Luke 21 Jesus was talking about the end of time, the end of human history and how to recognize the signs of its coming. He had been asked when His Kingdom would begin, and He answered by saying, “Wait, be patient.”
The day is coming when Jesus will return in all His glory and power, and we Christians live in great anticipation of that day. But He tells us to wait for it with patience. Don’t try to rush it; don’t get impatient. Don’t think every bad thing that happens is a sign of His coming. Just relax and know that He’s coming in His own good time. There’s a lot of trouble in the world and we have to patiently endure that trouble until Jesus comes back, and when He does all trouble will be done away with. Jesus says by your patience you will have life, eternal life with Him in Glory.
So have patience. Don’t doubt or despair. Jesus is coming.
Have a God Filled Week,
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