Posted by Jerry White on Nov 19, 2008
“This is the ‘instant’ age; if a thing is to be had, it must be had now. The idea goes something like this: The promises are there, claim them at this very moment and the prize is yours, whether it is instant sanctification, instant power, or instant healing. We live in an impatient society and the idea of humble submission, patient waiting and steady perseverance does not make a ready appeal. But the way of Christ was the way of persistent obedience. All his life was given to it. He strongly resisted the temptation to have it affected in a spectacular and supernatural moment. He resolutely pursued the will and the purpose of God. He knew that it could not be achieved in a magical minute.”
The Message of Hebrews
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)
The Lord Jesus patiently waited while working as a carpenter in Nazareth and caring for His mother and half brothers and sisters. Finally, at His baptism, when He was about thirty years of age, His Heavenly Father verbally approved Him and began to lead Him into His public ministry. Until then many people were sick, demonized, had leprosy, were looking for answers for life, and dying and going to hell. But He could not heal them, give them answers in sermons, deliver them from the powers of darkness, or anything else He was able to do during His last three years. The reason is simple. It was not His Father’s will. He had to wait patiently on Him. Being a disciple of the Lord Jesus requires patience and persistence—faithful, steady obedience in ordinary daily life. This is the evidence of true faith.