“And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise” (Heb. 6:15).

Abraham was long tried, but he was richly rewarded. The Lord tried him by delaying to fulfill His promise. Satan tried him by temptation; men tried him by jealousy, distrust, and opposition; Sarah tried him by her peevishness. But he patiently endured. He did not question God’s veracity, nor limit His power, nor doubt His faithfulness, nor grieve His love; but he bowed to Divine Sovereignty, submitted to Infinite Wisdom, and was silent under delays, waiting the Lord’s time. And so, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

God’s promises cannot fail of their accomplishment. Patient waiters cannot be disappointed. Believing expectation shall be realized.

Beloved, Abraham’s conduct condemns a hasty spirit, reproves a murmuring one, commends a patient one, and encourages quiet submission to God’s will and way. Remember, Abraham was tried; he patiently waited; he received the promise, and was satisfied. Imitate his example, and you will share the same blessing. -—Selected

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There is something sacred about waiting, but not simply waiting; waiting patiently. It was David that said, “I waited patiently on the Lord and He inclined to me….(Psalm 40:1). There is something about the one that has settled within their hearts that they are going to wait patiently on the Lord.

Waiting on the Lord patiently does not imply that the waiting lacks the tension of anticipation and expectation, no it is implicit of a heart that is so settled that delay does not deter it. Waiting patiently means that time is not a factor in measuring your faith. Waiting patiently is the product of trusting God beyond the boundaries of time and believing that what he has promised He is able to perform.

Abraham waited 25 years for the fulfillment of the promise that produced Isaac. Joseph waited patiently through slavery and imprisonment for more than thirteen years before the vision was fulfilled.

The God we serve is faithful, so do not grow weary in waiting and trusting. That which He has promised, He will deliver. This is why the writer of Hebrews tells us to hold fast to the confession of our faith. Because time and delay have a way of testing and stretching our faith. The sweet nothings of negativity whispered by others tend to shorten our faith line. The incessant cloud cover tends seize the longevity of our faith. Know that God responds to the intrepid and inexorable force of timeless faith. “…though it tarry, wait for it, for it will surely come…and it will not tarry (Hab. 2:3). Though it seems that the promise is lingering, God is never tardy in honoring His Word. When you wait, you win! ~ Dr. Rick Wallace

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