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.
11. I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one may rob you and deprive you of your crown.
12. He who overcomes (is victorious), I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God; he shall never be put out of it or go out of it, and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem which descends from My God out of heaven, and My own new name. Amp.
Patience -c) cheerful or hopeful endurance, constancy
Patient -d) enduring pain, trouble, etc. with composure and without complaining, calmly tolerating delay, confusion, etc. forbearing.
There is a blessing of safety in verse 10 if we submit to the trials or the lessons of patient endurance that the Lord sends our way. In other words, we have a choice whether we submit to the suffering or walk around it and force our own way out of it. There is always another way to go in our problems, but they are usually us leaning on an arm of flesh.
There is no problem that He does not have the answer for. Most of the time we just grow tired of waiting. Patience comes by learning to wait. Sometimes God is very slow with the answer we need. But it is because we are so very slow in learning to be patient. When we come to the end of our-self, He answers. Those are the easy ones.
Then there are the harder trials. He wants us to depend upon Him as our healer. His Word says in 1Peter 2:24 …By His wounds you have been healed.
This is past tense. We have already been healed. Now we must believe and receive it. Faith is what is not revealed to the senses. And yet when we go to the Doctor, we want them to look inside and find out where and what the problem is, tell us the remedy as soon as possible. How is any of that faith?
When the Lord says, “By His wounds you have been healed,” that is enough. He does not have to give us any details. Just saying that we have been healed should be enough. He wants to supply our every need. If we go to any man for help in any area in our life, that is an arm of flesh. What does that mean?
Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
6. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
7. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
8. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. KJV
There is no easy way to say it. If we do not trust the Lord in every way, we can end up in a salt land. That is not a safe place. He is telling us in Rev. 3:10 that we must endure the trials He sends, leaning and waiting upon Him for our help. Then we will be safe. Then in times of drought we will continue to bear fruit.
When times are seemingly to be falling apart all around us, we will be calmly praising the Lord, looking for that white horse to come at any moment. Rejoicing that He is our Provider, our Healer and our Beloved Bridegroom coming to take us away to our new home that we will never have to leave!