Posts Tagged ‘2 Thessalonians 3:5’

Patient endurance

July 18, 2019

The verse posted on the homepage of Logos Bible Software on July 18, 2019, comes from one of the scriptures discussed in yesterday’s post: Hebrews 12:1(New Living Translation):

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

The phrase “run with endurance” caught my attention, as I recall some translations use the word “patience” or “patient endurance.” Since patience or perseverance is a fruit of the spirit that seems to be an important part of my life at this time, I decided to examine one of the expressions used for patience: patient endurance. The term involves remaining under some discipline, subjecting one’s self to something which demands the yielding of the will to something against which one naturally would rebel. It means cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy — enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting). It is a bearing up in a way that honors and glorifies our heavenly Father, not merely to grin and bear it. As a noun, the term appears throughout the New Testament being translated: endurance, patient enduring, perseverance, and steadfastness.

In 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NLT), Paul speaks of his desire for believers:

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.

Romans 5:3-4 speaks of the end-product of going through various trials and difficult situations we encounter as believers:

3 And not only this but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; 4 and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation].

James 5:11 (NLT) provides an excellent example of someone who embodies the character trait of patient endurance: Job.

11 We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.

Chuck Swindoll described him as a “man of heroic endurance,” a real person who illustrates the spiritual principles that God is “full of compassion and tender mercy” and that he rewards those who demonstrate “patience.”

Hebrews 10:36 (AMP) also reinforces the message patience precedes what one is striving to achieve:

For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.

Previously, while working on a teaching related to patience, I read about an apple orchard run by “Farmer Johnson” in Washington State, an individual with whom I spiritually identified. Reading about the apples produced by this individual also inspired the following poem which opens with Hebrews 6:12, another reference using “patient endurance” or patience.

Farmer Johnson

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who
through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:12

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.
Lyrics by Joseph H. Gilmore

Farmer Johnson owns orchards in Washington State.
His apples are renowned and said to be the best.
As scriptures remind us to labor and to rest,
This Farmer Johnson is patient and learns to wait
For the bountiful fruit of his harvest season.
Patience now abounds to complete and perfect me,
As I walk by faith, despite all that I may see.
I assess my times and unfold the real reason
For all the trials and seeming setbacks that came.
At times I felt as though being torn asunder
But like Job, I still abide and bear up under.
God yet delivers those who call upon His name.
Committed to go wherever the Lord shall send,
A faithful follower, I endure to the end.

As a youngster I recall singing this hymn “He Leadeth Me” countless times, performed here by the Michael Curb Congregation.

Order my steps in Your word

January 28, 2017

psalm-37-23-2

Similar to yesterday’s blog entry, today’s post is based on the Quote of the Day for January 28, 2017:

“We must learn to order our lives by the Word of the Lord.”

Although believers too often seek to take charge of their own lives and direct their own steps, Jeremiah 10:23 reminds us:

23 O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself;
it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own.
We are not able to plan our own course.

In contrast, the Psalmist declares, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” (Psalm 37:23 (NLT)

I recall that one of the first scriptures that I committed to memory comes from Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV):

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.

Proverbs 20:24 (AMP) goes on to say:

Man’s steps are ordered and ordained by the Lord. How then can a man [fully] understand his way?

Despite our earnest intentions and best efforts to follow our own blueprints that we have designed for our lives, we find ourselves in perplexing, painfully distressing situations where we have absolutely no desire to be.

During such times, we ask ourselves, “Why am I here?  How did I get here? God, what are you doing? What are you trying to teach me?”  We recognize that God does everything on purpose (Ecclesiastes 3:1; Romans 8:28). Pastor Rick Warren provided a teaching series entitled “God’s Purpose behind Your Problems.” He mentioned that God is directly involved in every situation of our lives, and He is endeavoring to do one or more of a combination of five things: “Direct you; Inspect you; Correct you; Protect you; Perfect you.”

I took those five verbs, and I put them into a request, a petition, a personal prayer to God. God becomes the initiator of the action, and I become the object of his action.  In developing my own teaching series, I examine each of the verbs with examples from the Old Testament and New Testament, as I offer my “Five-Fold Prayer: Direct Me—Inspect Me—Correct Me—Protect Me—Perfect Me.”  I close each teaching with a prayer/psalm inspired by each verb.  Here is the first of the series: “A Five-Fold Prayer: Direct Me”:

Generally speaking, “Direct” means to lead or to guide straight, as toward an object. In the Old Testament the verb is used in this sense: to lead, guide gently, softly and with care, as a shepherd guides his flock; to lead or to guide; most frequently of God who leads men.

Two verses from the New Testament are part of benedictions that close out Thessalonians:

I Thessalonians 3:11:

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

2 Thessalonians 3:5:

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

The Quote of the Day is personalized with this psalm rendered as a prayer:

Direct me

Prepare the way, straighten my path, order my steps,

Shine your light upon me that I may not stumble,

That I may not walk in the light of my own sparks,

But illumine my way with the lamp of your Word.

Lord, direct my heart into the love of God

And into the patient waiting for Jesus Christ.

Raise me up in righteousness and direct all my ways.

We conclude today’s post with one of my all-time favorite gospel songs related to this desire for God to guide and direct us: “Order My Steps in Your Word”:

Lead me, guide me

September 8, 2014

Psalm 143--10

Psalm 143:10 (KJV) is the source of the Verse of the Day for September 8, 2014:

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

The verse is rendered this way in the New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing.

This verse brings to mind a previous blog entry which was part of a series of posts inspired by a statement that explains what occurs when we find ourselves in perplexing, painful situations where we seemingly by no means desire to be.

During such times, we ask ourselves, “Why am I here? How did I get here? God, what are you doing? What are you trying to teach me?” We recognize that God does everything on purpose (Ecclesiastes 3:1; Romans 8:28). He is directly involved in every situation, and He is endeavoring to do one or a combination of five things: “Direct you; Inspect you; Correct you; Protect you; Perfect you.”

I took those five verbs and put them into a request, a petition, a personal prayer to God. God becomes the initiator of the action, and I become the object of his action. In a teaching series I examine each of the verbs with examples from the Old Testament and New Testament, as I offer this a Five-Fold Prayer: Direct Me—Inspect Me—Correct Me—Protect Me—Perfect Me. I close each teaching with a prayer/psalm inspired by each verb. Here is the first of the series: “A Five-Fold Prayer: Direct Me”:

Direct: to lead or to guide straight, as toward an object

O.T.: to lead, guide gently, softly and with care, as a shepherd guides his flock;

to lead or to guide; most frequently of God who leads men.

One of the first scriptures that I committed to memory is found in Proverbs 3:5-6:

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.

Growing up in the Church during the 1950s, I recall a popular Gospel song that was also an expression of a prayer to God, asking for His guidance: “Lead Me, Guide Me”

Jeremiah 10:23 also reminds us that we cannot direct our own steps:

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

One of my all-time favorite gospel songs related to this desire for God to guide and direct us is “Order My Steps in Your Word”:

Two verses from the New Testament are part of benedictions that close out Thessalonians:

I Thessalonians 3:11:

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

II Thessalonians 3:5:

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

I close the teaching with this psalm rendered as a prayer:

Direct me

Prepare the way, straighten my path, order my steps,

Shine your light upon me that I may not stumble,

That I may not walk in the light of my own sparks,

But illumine my way with the lamp of your Word.

Lord, direct my heart into the love of God

And into the patient waiting for Jesus Christ.

Raise me up in righteousness and direct all my ways.

I begin my prayer and say, "Lord, direct me. . ."

I begin my prayer and say, “Lord, direct me. . .”