030K - Patience

"In the Midst of Thee" - volumes 1 & 2 contain 200 favorite Glenn Rawson Stories - at: History of the Saints . org

From “In the Midst of Thee” – volume 2.

The autumn feast of tabernacles was at hand for the Jews. So Jesus left Galilee and journeyed to Jerusalem through Samaria. Evidently somewhere towards evening in their travels they approached a certain village. Jesus sent some disciples on ahead to arrange lodgings for the night. But when the Samaritans realized that Jesus, a Jew, was just passing through on His way to Jerusalem, they were offended, and they refused Him their hospitality. It was a deliberate snub to the Son of God. Well, the messengers returned to the Savior and informed Him of the rudeness. James and John were standing close behind the Savior, and they heard the report - and they were upset!

"..Lord," they said, "wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?" (Luke 9:54).

They were upset! Jesus though turned and rebuked them saying,
"Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them..." (Luke 9:55-56)

And with that, Jesus let it go, and moved on to another village.

But what spirit were James and John of? I'll tell you. It was the spirit of impatience, indignation, and the desire to hurt - or in other words, the spirit of evil. James and John, the sons of thunder, were thundering evil at that moment and they didn't even know it. Now, surely they felt that their impatience and indignation were justified, just like we often do. I mean after all, Those Samaritans had mistreated the Son of God, their Master! But I ask you, just imagine where we'd be if God was as short on patience as we often are? Most of us would have been broiled long ago.

Now hear me, please: Patience is quietness and confidence of soul that yields strength. Patience is part and parcel of faith. Patience is commanded most often in the scriptures in affliction. There is no such thing as long-suffering without patience. It qualifies us to serve the Lord, and is a birthmark of the Lord's people. Finally, patience perfects us.

On that day, John the beloved, wanted to destroy those ignorant Samaritans. But as time went on, he would learn from the master, and later that same John would give new meaning to the term "long-suffering" as he lived and labored to bring a different fire and light to the children of God.

Lastly, and this is most important: As important as it is to be patient with each other as children of the Lord, it is much - much more important to be patient with the Lord as His child. After all, you have a long way to go, and He has a lot to do with you.

So, be still, for in patience you may possess your soul; in impatience you will surely throw it away. Peace.

Glenn Rawson – 29 September 2008
Music: God Be with You, track 8 (edited) - Greg Hansen & Michael Dowdle
Song: Pie Jesu - James Conlee & Ryan Tani