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Time to Wait

December 4

“whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried … the children of Israel abode …”  Numbers 9:22

“There is in our ranks, an urgency, which is unholy.”





Patience may be a virtue, but it has taken a vacation in the majority of our lives.  In the virtual virtue ward, patience has become the patient.  Indeed, this indispensable spiritual grace, clings to life in intensive care, having been run down and rung out by the frantic, and too often faithless, pace of our race.  Actively serving the LORD should not be mistaken for the ceaseless activity in many a church today.  The great bluster, with which believers find themselves in, can be traced to a prevailing approach to the Christian life so commonplace among us; and the cavalier spirit which fuels it.  There is in our ranks, an urgency, which is unholy.  “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and HE shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”  The most pressing demand of the saint is to wait upon GOD; but few there be who find the sweet spot of sainthood in striding neither behind, nor before, the LORD.  “When HE had heard therefore that he was sick, HE abode two days still in the same place where HE was … Then said Martha unto JESUS, LORD, if THOU hadst been here, my brother had not died.”  Scripture speaks of an ALMIGHTY WHO is as harried as eternity; yet we go about our service in the perennial state of the ‘half-cocked’ like there is no tomorrow … which is true, just not in the sense we perceive it to be.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge HIM, and HE shall direct thy paths.”  When it comes to walking with GOD, refuse to move independent of HIM.  Let the saints go marching where they may; but be mindful that they are not always marching in.  Facts be known, some are off on their own campaign, vigilante to the virtue of patience; and more mercenary than missionary.  “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of GOD, and the faith of JESUS.”  Steady as she goes beloved, the waters we pass through are murky and fraught with danger.  Leave your engines at full stop, and allow HIM to fill your sails with the direction and speed HE deems best.

“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of GOD, ye might receive the promise.”

For Love of Country
George Read (1733-1798)
(Signature of the Declaration of Independence and U. S. Constitution)
"Every person who shall be chosen a member of either house, or appointed to any office or place of trust ... shall ... make and subscribe the following declaration, to wit: I ________, do profess faith in GOD the FATHER, and in JESUS CHRIST HIS Holy SON, and in the HOLY GHOST, one GOD, blessed for evermore, and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine inspiration."

(1776, Article XXII of the Delaware State Constitution, written by G. Read)

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