Sadie is amazing. Her body is constantly wracked in arthritic pain yet her countenance reveals mostly joy. She has more broken bones than most football players. Her abusive husband died leaving her penniless and with no insurance to handle her ever-mounting medical bills. Still, she does not complain. Her ’96 faded blue Ford Taurus won’t start so she must rely on the help of others to get around until she can find the money to pay a mechanic to fix it. Her son is addicted to meth and her daughter is in her fourth relationship with a man who is a total controller. If anyone was a candidate for bitterness it would be Sadie. Yet she is serene and confident in her faith. She consistently encourages others—an empathy distributing angel in a world of mean, selfish people. What is her secret?
Romans 8:24-25—Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.
Patience is an operating power necessary to undergird faith and hope. When faith tends to waver, patience rides to the rescue to hold it up. Patience is far more than enduring hardship—wading through waves of disappointment. It is a confident anticipation that God will bringvictory. It gives us power to withstand attacks, to serenely weather failure and to resolutely overcome evil.
Sadie believes in Jesus and has a firm hope in His salvation. Her spiritual secret is her patience. Her faith could have perished long ago on the reefs of ache and disenchantment. But she does not give up. She understands from Scripture that unenduring faith is an unwelcome proposition. Remember Abraham, the pillar of faith, who wearied on God delivering him a son? He took matters into his own hand by getting his servant Hagar pregnant. She delivered Ishmael whose descendants would be a constant threat to Isaac, the God-intended son and his offspring (Genesis 16).
So, on this day, what is your disposition? Are you ready to call it quits? Or do you stand with a confident smile fueled by a spirit of stamina that you will prevail by the grace of Jesus? Yes? I thought so. Keep marching saint!
Patience is not simply the ability to wait—it's how we behave while we're waiting.—Joyce Meyer
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)