REVELATION 3:10 Because you have guarded and kept My Word of patient endurance — have held fast the lesson of My patience with the expectant endurance that I give you — I also will keep you safe from the hour of trial (testing) which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth. Amp.
Patience (KJV) – c) cheerful, hopeful endurance, constancy, waiting.
Patience – d) the will or ability to endure without complaint
Endurance – d) the ability to stand pain, distress, fatigue, etc. fortitude.
There are many trials in our life that we cannot escape. That is not the ones the scripture is speaking of. When I first started serving the Lord, I received a personal prophecy and the Lord said to me in a strong way, “Do not force your way in any situation.”
I was not even aware that I had been forcing my way or will in different areas. But that made me pay attention and I began to see where I forced my way. That is a selfish act and trait that I did not want.
Many times we have small things go wrong that can be fixed easily with a phone call. These also can be areas that the Lord wants to use for us if we will allow Him to. One great way to tell for me is the timing. If any remedy interrupts my time with the Lord then I have to cancel any plans of my own and wait and pray about the problem before I act.
There have been times I have had to let things stay broken, waiting for the Lord to make a way for an answer. We have so many modern conveniences that we take for granted. When you do without them for awhile it makes you very thankful when you get them back. These are trials of patient endurance that we can grow stronger if we wait for the Lord to fix things His way.
If we endure the small trials cheerfully, without complaining it will come to an end sooner. I know I needed to learn not to complain. So He puts me to the test where I am very likely to complain. But as I resist the urge to complain and instead voice my thankfulness, I am learning what He wants me to learn. Then when the bigger trials come I am more equipped to handle them the right way so they won’t take as long for me to learn.
That is how we grow and mature (Romans 5:3-4). This strength is vital to our surviving the last days tribulation period that is, I believe already here. His promise is to protect us and keep us safe only if we endure His trials of patient endurance, not if we are successful and always get it right.
Luke 21:25-26 And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress (trouble and anguish) of nations in bewilderment and perplexity (that is, without resources left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn) at (the echo) the roaring of the sea;
26. Men swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the very powers of the heavens will be shaken and caused to totter.
The scripture says that things will be shaking in such a way men’s hearts will stop beating for fear of what they are seeing. Without the trials of patient endurance we will not have the needed resources to endure what is happening on this planet.
Matthew 24:13 says, But he who endures to the end will be saved. Not him who is victorious or an overcomer, though they will receive a greater reward. We need supernatural strength that comes from the Holy Spirit or we will not make it.
Matthew 24:22 says, if those days had not been shortened, no human would endure or survive; but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened.
These little trials that we force our way around could mean life or death. Help us Dear Lord to pray more earnestly about the little things in our life that may not be little to You. Show us the way so we will be safe from the hour of testing that is coming.