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Patience: The Path to Eminence

BABATOPE ADENIRAN is a prolific writer, proclaimer of gospel & lover of God. He has M.Sc in Statistics and Ph.D Statistics in view.

The increasing rate of suicide around us today shows that many, especially young ones are killing themselves over what the heavenly Father has settled. It is just for us to faithfully and patiently follow Him with a praying and believing heart. The Scripture says “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” - Romans 12:12. Also, there is a well known saying that "a patient dog eats the fattest bone." Truly, those who have patience do wholly rest on God and get the best in life and eternity.
How can we wholly rest on God?
I. Call unto Him without ceasing for help;
ii. Fill your heart with His word and your life will be full of His goodness;
iii. Live for God by obeying only His word to live at His best;
iv. Shun evil thoughts to shame the enemy because God has good plans for you in this life and in life to come;
v. Commit everything into God's Hand and you will see His Hand in everything that bothers you. When you wholly rest on the Lord, He will surely give you all round rest.

Some Characters in the Scripture that wholly Rested on God:

I. Joseph: In Genesis 39-41, we saw his never say die spirit. He maintained closer relationship with God in the prison against all odds. His brothers meant evil and thought it is over for him, but Joseph never gave up on God and his lovely dreams. Truly, every great dream attracts great challenge that will culminate in great change. If you don't give up on God, God will never give up on you. So, keep pushing and pressing because in the great challenge lies your great change and in that difficulty lies opportunity to become somebody in life. Joseph saw opportunity in that which God has given him to interpret dreams no matter how difficult and challenging it could be. As he continually trusted God in prayer who can bring his dream to pass. God answered and granted him His excellent Spirit and Joseph status was greatly changed in the end.

ii. David: (1 Samuel 16-17). David patiently waited on God while tending his father's flock. His family knew he was the youngest but they did not mind sending him to the forest of wildest animals to look after their father's herd. He didn't grumble or result to take his life, but he joyfully accepted it because he believed that in God surely there is a future and his expectations shall not be cut off. He was faced with terrific challenge of keeping the herd from wild animals in the forest, which prepared him for future challenges. He continued strong in the Lord and remembered His supernatural strength that made him overcome all the challenges. Thereafter, he encountered greater challenge to face Goliath; the most dreadful enemy of their Land, that paved the way of glory for him. In this, David trusted God the more and he was helped to conquer Goliath and greatly elevated with his family. Truly, those who continue strong in the Lord are stronger than their enemies always. It is important to know that there is surely a way out to those who consistently wait on God and not weighed down by present challenge of life.

iii. Daniel: (Daniel 1 & 6). He did not dwell on his pitiable condition with his three Hebrew friends; Schedrach, Meschak and Abednigo who were captives in the strange Land of Babylon. They have understanding of God who has glorious future and destiny for them. So, they were determined to stand for God and stand out in everything they do. This made them to seek God's face ceaselessly for help Who is the sure and ever present help in time of need. Daniel maintained a consistent prayer life and never disturbed by their predicament. Truly, if you look unto the Lord and look away from your challenge, great change of glory will come your way. Never allow depression because it hinders divine connection that guarantees elevation in life and destiny. They all rose to eminence in the end because they were patient with God their Maker Who is able and ever ready to turn things around for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28) paraphrased.

There are other women like Sarah, Hanah and Elizabeth with their husbands (Gen 21: 1-7, 1 Samuel 1 & Luke 1), especially father Abraham who has passed the age of child bearing, but built stronger hope in God (Genesis 18:1-15 & 21:1-7). They all laughed at last because God never failed. Patience pays more to those who are patient in the Lord.

In conclusion, keep trusting God for everything good you desired, be patient with Him and you will never be put to shame. “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,” (Colossians 1:11) in Jesus' Name. Shalom!





This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Babatope Adeniran

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