Through Faith and Patience

Michael Beck

“… Through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12)

Patience does not come naturally to us. What we want, we wanted yesterday. “How long!?” is the universal cry of mankind. But once we get what we’ve wanted, our satisfaction is incomplete – we’re off and running to the next thing.

Our frustrations are both big and little. Each day we have modest goals we hope to achieve. Some days work out better than others. When things go according to plan we feel like we’ve had a good day; when they don’t we moan. The bigger goals take time; but even with those we’re in a rush.

Whatever is of true and lasting value is built by God, “brick by brick.” God doesn’t do “rush jobs.” He is the “God of patience.” (Rom. 15:5) He could have created the world in one day, but He took six. If we are going to see the Lord’s handiwork in our life we cannot be over-anxious and impatient. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it …” (Psalm 127:1)

God may have given us a glorious vision of things to come in our life. But He also wants to provide the blueprint for the edifice. In His way and time, He will bring all things to pass. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Hab. 2:3)

Have faith and patience that God is mighty enough and faithful enough to finish what He has started in your life. If it’s not of God, it’s not worth another brick. If it is of God, cooperate with Him, every step of the way. You will one day see what you now hope for.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.