The Patience To Wait for the Vision

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

Though it tarries, wait for it… —Habakkuk 2:3

Patience is not the same as indifference; patience conveys the idea of someone who is tremendously strong and able to withstand all assaults. Having the vision of God is the source of patience because it gives us God’s true and proper inspiration. Moses endured, not because of his devotion to his principles of what was right, nor because of his sense of duty to God, but because he had a vision of God. “…he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). A person who has the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue— he is devoted to God Himself. You always know when the vision is of God because of the inspiration that comes with it. Things come to you with greatness and add vitality to your life because everything is energized by God. He may give you a time spiritually, with no word from Himself at all, just as His Son experienced during His time of temptation in the wilderness. When God does that, simply endure, and the power to endure will be there because you see God.

Though it tarries, wait for it….” The proof that we have the vision is that we are reaching out for more than we have already grasped. It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually. The psalmist said, “What shall I render to the Lord…? I will take up the cup of salvation…” (Psalm 116:12-13). We are apt to look for satisfaction within ourselves and say, “Now I’ve got it! Now I am completely sanctified. Now I can endure.” Instantly we are on the road to ruin. Our reach must exceed our grasp. Paul said, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on…” (Philippians 3:12). If we have only what we have experienced, we have nothing. But if we have the inspiration of the vision of God, we have more than we can experience. Beware of the danger of spiritual relaxation.

by Oswald Chambers

All His corrections are sent in love!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“Morning and Evening”

“And all the children of Israel murmured.” Numbers 14:2

There are murmurers among Christians now, as there were in the camp of Israel of old. There are those who, when God’s rod falls, cry out against the afflictive dispensation. They ask, “Why am I thus afflicted? What have I done to be chastened in this manner?”

A word with you, O murmurer! Why should you murmur against the dispensations of your heavenly Father? Can He treat you worse than you deserve? Consider what a rebel you were once–but He has pardoned you! Surely, if He in His wisdom sees fit now to chasten you–you should not complain. After all–are you smitten as badly as your sins deserve? Consider the corruption which is in your heart–and then you will not wonder that there needs be so much of the rod to fetch it out? Weigh yourself, and discern how much dross is mingled with your gold–and do you think the fire too hot to purge away so much dross as you have? Does not that proud rebellious spirit of yours, prove that your heart is not thoroughly sanctified? Are not those murmuring words, contrary to the holy submissive nature of God’s children? Is not the correction needed?

But if you will murmur against the chastening, take heed–for it will go hard with murmurers. God always chastises His children twice–if they do not bear the first stroke patiently. But know one thing, “He does not afflict willingly–nor grieve the children of men.” All His corrections are sent in love–to purify you and to draw you nearer to Himself. Surely it must help you to bear the chastening with resignation, if you are able to recognize your Father’s hand. For “whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons.”

by Charles Spurgeon