The Reward of Patience – Luke 21:19

In your patience possess ye your souls.  – Luke 21:19

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Meditation:   Have you ever eaten microwaved pizza?  Was it as tasty as what comes from the brick oven at your favorite pizzeria?  I doubt it.  If so, then I have some suggestions.

In our modern world, convenience is too often the name of the game.  Everything is designed for convenience and quick satisfaction.  From instant cash lottery tickets and instant potatoes to instant messaging and Instagram, we live in a time when everyone seems to expect immediate gratification with little effort.  We too quickly settle for fast instead of waiting for something really good.

What we need is patience, but patience is hard to acquire.  The only proven method is through enduring difficulty.  In fact, the Apostle Paul wrote, “We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience” (Romans 5:3).  He would know.  He suffered mightily for Christ’s sake, but it takes maturity to appreciate the benefit of patience.

Jesus Christ left us another example as well.  The Lord lived a hard life on earth full of deprivation and hardship.  Though worthy of all honor and deference, the Savior satisfied Himself in following the will of God the Father.  When tempted by the Adversary during His days of fasting in the desert, Our Lord could have instantly changed the rocks into bread, but righteousness required self-sacrifice (Matthew 4:3-4).  In the end, Jesus’s triumph matched His immense sacrifice (Hebrews 12:2).  He has been given a name above all other names (Philippians 2:5-11).  There is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).  He alone is Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

While our souls are saved by faith in Jesus Christ, we are not promised another day on this Earth.  Rather, we must always be looking forward in light of the example of our Lord, Who, like Paul, recognized that “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

Call To Action:  Consider those things that try your patience.  Are they worthy of the trouble?  If not, then why do you continue to tolerate them?  If there are people or things in your life worth the trouble, tackle them with patience.  Love with patience.  Act with patience, looking to the end of your faith, Jesus.  Hold your soul in patience knowing that in the end, no matter what happens, you win by grace not by your effort.  In the meantime, find some good pizza.

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