The Patience Of Faith
By C. Judd Montgomery
“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Heb. 10:36).
“And so, after he had patiently endured, [Abraham] obtained the promise” (Heb. 6:15).
A peculiar blessing is pronounced in the Bible upon those who in loving patience wait upon God for the fulfillment of His promises. We all know how necessary is the faith which overcometh the world.
We pray, it may be, in great faith, and then because God tries that faith, to work His beautiful patience in our souls, then we straightway murmur and allow our faith to waver.
Through faith and patience the saints of old inherited the promise, and we are exhorted to be “followers of them” (Heb. 6:12). Abraham’s great faith, as recorded in the Scriptures, is a marvel to our doubting hearts, but have we thought much about the wondrous patience of Abraham’s faith? After he had patiently endured he obtained the fulfillment of the promise.
David, the man after God’s own heart, was blessedly taught by God’s Spirit this waiting upon the Lord. Again and again does he declare his patient trustfulness in the Rock of his salvation, in words like these:
“Truly my soul waiteth [literal, is silent] upon God: from Him cometh my salvation. ...My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him” (Psa. 62:1, 5).
“Our soul waiteth [literal, waiteth earnestly] for the Lord: He is our help and our shield” (Psa. 33:20).
“I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning...” (Psa. 130:5-6).
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psa. 27:13-14).
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry” (Psa. 40:1).
There are many weary souls whose prayers have seemed to return unheeded from the throne of God, whose hearts are sick with hope deferred, and who are almost ready to say, like the discouraged King of Israel, “Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?” (2 Kgs. 6:33).
Will you not, then, dear disheartened ones, cease your impatient struggles, and having presented your petitions in Jesus’ name, rest in the sweet patience of faith, and wait in calm expectation before the Mercy Seat?
The trying of your faith worketh patience, and thus the very waiting time is developing precious fruit to the glory of the Father.
To those who in sickness and weakness of body are looking for the “goodness of the Lord in the land of the living,” let the reminder come just now with peace and power: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” And not only shall their former strength return, but through the Spirit of God quickening their mortal bodies, they shall experience a fullness of life which “shall mount up with wings as eagles” and which shall enable them to “run and not be weary” and to “walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:31).
Nor is this restful waiting upon God for the manifest fulfillment of His promise at all inconsistent with that active faith which declares the work already accomplished by the finished work of Christ.
While we are exhorted to the patience of faith, we are warned against the slothfulness of unbelief. “...Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb. 6:12).
Like one of God’s warriors of old, we may say in this good fight of faith, “...Help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go against this great multitude...” (2 Chr. 14:11).
“And therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you...blessed are all they that wait for Him” (Isa. 30:18).