Borrowed Truths

The Patience of Repitition

the patience of repition
Borrowed Truths

The Patience of Repitition

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)

Whenever I think about this verse lately, I see the poor beggar Lazarus laid at the gate of the rich man, and for some reason I see a smile on his face for all that pass by him each day. There is a depth of faith that I believe few will ever experience, and I don’t believe that its necessary to be as Lazarus was because of that, but because we do not want to be in the fellowship of the suffering of Christ. It does not require a broken body, but in part it seems like it.

Think on the one who sat by the pool of Bethesda waiting for the angel to come down and touch the water. “The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.” (John 5:7) Seeing how this was perhaps a regular event produced by the Lord, it is interesting to note that it is not mentioned again in the Scriptures.

Think on the one that went leaping and shouting for joy after Peter and John healed him. (Acts 3:8) There were those that had great infirmities of the mind, even as far as being possessed by demons, the man of the Gadarenes, (Matt. 8:25-32) the one who was cast into the fire, (Mark 9:22) again, it is interesting that these events seemed almost commonplace at the time of Christ.

Those who live by faith and not by sight have indeed at one time experienced something that could only be explained by an act of God, one personally suited just for them, but one must question here, is once enough? Apparently, it wasn’t for Gideon, nor was the word of the angel enough for Zacharias, John the Baptist’s father. And much pen and ink could be used by this poor writer if we were to discuss the miracles in Egypt, much less those in the wilderness by those in that day, but yet it still wasn’t enough. I think here now on the charismatic organizations, those who need almost a continuous stream of miracles to believe, and to remain in that belief they call faith.

We are humans with a sinful nature, and part of that nature is distrust, the Lord understands this, and so I believe if not for many but for all that ask, when we are first saved, that an unexplained event materializes in our life, it is in a sort an assurance from the Lord. We are justified the moment we are saved, but as we grow in the Lord we are being sanctified, set apart for His glory and service. We no longer need or even look for those miracles, which is not to say they don’t occur, for at times they do, I can personally witness to these truths, but we no longer require them, for the just live by faith, not by sight, He has proven Himself to be worthy of our worship, trust and complete submission to His will.

The difficult thing for some is not when the body is broken, or when the mind becomes entangled in frustration, or when any adverse, as we tend to call them, circumstances come into our lives, it is when life becomes business as usual, when the alarm clock goes off at the same time every day, when the routine seems fixed, when life is “normal” for an extended period of time. We call on the Lord fervently when physical pain arrives, we seek Him in every moment when we are in that dry and thirsty land, we give Him honor and praise when we are blessed to be partakers in the fellowship of His suffering, yet in the times of sunshine and what we consider the mundane repetitive days of life that seem to have no end, we tend to forget Him.

Repetition can breed callousness, and that callousness can breed apathy. There is one verse that stands out in my mind in those times, and perhaps it is the greatest strength that the Lord can bless us with, “In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Luke 21:19) At times we need courage to resist, at others, patience to endure. The Lord offers both to His children when they are needed.

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