Inheriting the promisesDevotions by Vinu Paul
Faith pleases God! ‘Your faith has made you whole ‘ is an amazing statement. One minute suffering, pain, bondage, deficit – next minute healing, freedom, abundance! Faith to receive now is exciting and impressive stuff. Here is a strange combination; ‘faith and patience’. Two words we don’t necessarily expect to find together. Maybe we think that when faith arrives, patience is no longer required. We have to have patience to put up with something unwanted; when faith comes, surely that’s the cue for patience to leave. It’s no longer needed. Faith has solved the problem.- Terry Virgo
To our surprise, the book of Hebrews tells us to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12). Faith, it seems, does not operate only in the realm of the immediate, the here and now. In fact, the faith that the Bible often highlights and celebrates is the faith that has to wait – yet keep believing. Hebrews 11 tells us that by faith the walls of Jericho fell down! Amen! Bring it on! That’s the faith I am looking for! Let’s have some shouting followed by immediate wall demolition. The fact is that the Israelites first had to patiently circle the city for seven days in silence, and Caleb was one from the marching army. He and Joshua had waited 40 years for the fulfillment of the promises that God made to them about inheriting the land. Still want to join the ‘Joshua generation’?
Faith and patience are not enemies. They are good companions. Often they are called upon to keep one another company. Abraham, arguably the greatest Biblical hero of faith, demonstrated amazing patience, waiting many years for his promised son. Our problem so often is that if we don’t see immediate results, we give up. We tend not to resemble the ‘Joshua generation’ as we do the ‘give up’ generation. We, particularly the sophisticated city folks, have been trained to expect the immediate. Press button! Turn switch! Door open! We hate waiting! Faith and patience!? Forget it! Consider Him who endured such hostility by sinners against Himself so that you may not grow weary and loose heart!
Wishing you and your family a Christ centred, faith filled season ahead! Remember it is faith and patience!
Vinu is Lead Elder of Living Hope Church. He also carries apostolic responsibility for Newfrontiers with a team of leaders in India. He is passionate about preaching the gospel, seeing people saved and praying for the sick.