1. A DECISIVE PERSON Revelation 1:1 Part 1

1. A DECISIVE PERSON Revelation 1:1-3 Part 1

A Sovereign Encounter V.1

The Subject His Unveiling        The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The Source His Undertaking   which God gave unto him,

The Show His Utterance         to show unto his servants things

The Specifics He’s Unshakable which must shortly come to pass 

The Sign His Unassuming         and he sent and signified it

The Servant His Unction         by His angel unto his servant John:

A SOVEREIGN ENCOUNTER V.1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things, which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by His angel unto his servant John:

Dan. 2:28-29 There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these: To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be  

THE SUBJECT HIS UNVEILING         The Revelation of Jesus Christ

It’s suspenseful to uncover something new, especially when it’s so gripping and dynamic.  I don’t know where I came up with the impression that Jesus is slow.  Maybe it’s my impatience and intolerance.  I feel immature and edgy about what is around the next bend in life.  Real faith is to step ahead in the confidence of the love and the reality of God’s presence.  It is a relying recognition that Jesus is really in charge of everything.  This is what we have uncovered so masterfully in Revelation and it is an incredible unveiling.

John has a sovereign encounter with Christ enthroned and ruling.  He gathers all the loose threads of the Bible together and in the power of the Spirit lifts us in Revelation to have the same sovereign confrontation.

To see Christ on the Throne exalted and dictating every event appears difficult when we look around at the present condition of things.  We hear nothing but a stir of the constant media.  They describe everything in ugly implications and tinged insinuations.  All appears as unharnessed confusion.  We want to demand quick results and clear solutions for our immediate perception.

Christ is mentioned on the throne 45 times in Revelation.  MSN, Fox and local news don’t inform us that Jesus is walking among the Churches and even knocking on their doors, attempting to get in our company to share His heart with us.

CNN doesn’t mention that the Lord Jesus is on the move behind the scenes of all occurrences with a purpose and plan in every happening.  We can only see Him in His expanding agenda in each current event through the blessing of Revelation.

Here is a Revelation of Jesus, exalted and in control of all incidents.  We know the Bible is about Jesus Christ, but when He came in His First Coming, as a man, it was in humility.  He was self-effacing and non-demanding.  He was mocked, rejected by most, and killed as a criminal and fraud to religion.

But now in Revelation we see Jesus raised, ascended and exalted.  He is relevant as the Head of His Church and involved in the scrutiny of every detail.  He’s going to return in a Second Coming. Every vision and description of Him in Revelation is significant of His majesty, power, and glory.

Has Jesus been unveiled and uncovered to us?  Do we see Him more clearly and are we exposing our self to Him.  Maybe that is what really discloses Christ to us is for us not to hide our selves.  He is seeking us out in Revelation and asking us to step into His light.

THE SOURCE HIS UNDERTAKING      which God gave unto him,

God is the great giver, but all that He provides is not always recognized.  He shows us in Revelation.  He gives His tactics and a strategy to His own and clarifies warnings for those that reject Him.

When Daniel wrote, he was to “shut up the words, and seal the book” Dan. 12:4; John was given opposite instructions: “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book” Rev. 22:10.  This vision will be unsealed as we let His hands open the book to us and we release our hearts to Him?  John says “if we walk in the light as He is in the light” or live with our lives open to let Christ reveal Him self to us.  This will cause us to be closer to each other as we are living in the intimate presence of Jesus.  If we hide from Christ we become ambiguous in our relationships, living in an illusion of artificial misconceptions.

THE SHOW HIS UTTERANCE   to show unto his servants things

We’re inclined to want our own things and those things are not especially the things of Jesus Christ.  Isaiah writes there are things no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and the heart of man hasn’t imagined, and it’s what God has prepared for those who love him.

1 Cor. 2:10 magnifies, these things, God has revealed (his things) to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.

The only things that satisfy we hear described in what the men sought when they came to the disciples in John 12:21 and said, “we would see Jesus” There is no greater passion then to see Christ and have a deep bonding with Him.  Jesus says that the hour is coming when the Son of Man is to be glorified.  That hour is now for  Christ to be glorified and magnified in our lives.  He says that it’s by a seed being buried in the dirt in death that meaningful fruit is produced.  That sounds drastic, desperate and severe and it is.  Being self-protective is destructive.  The person that loves his life in this world is rejecting of Jesus and will end up destroyed.  The person who forgets and literally hates His life in this world finds real life in Jesus.

J.I. Packer writes “weakness is a state of inadequacy, or insufficiency…There is physical weakness, which keeps us from excelling in sports; there is weak health, which makes us vulnerable to all sorts of diseases; weak capacity limits us as employees, business people, and entrepreneurs; weakness of memory keeps us from becoming top-notch teachers or managers; weakness of character unfits us to be leaders, parents, trainers, team captains, and perhaps team members too; and so on.

But weakness is the way to life with Christ as our strength.”

To see Jesus we open our inadequacy and weakness as sinners to Him and He pours in His grace that allows us to be all He wants us to become in Him.

THE SPECIFICS HE’S UNSHAKABLE which must shortly come to pass 

The word “must” refers to the certainty of what’s happening and soon to happen, but “shortly come to pass” is a phrase of perspective.

There’s our perception of “shortly” and God’s angle on “shortly.”  We may feel that “shortly” means soon and abruptly but with God “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” 2 Peter 3:8

The reference of “shortly” scheduled is not a suggestion of when it will happen, but how it will happen.  The “how” is the events will happen rapidly with increasing catastrophe and tragic disaster.

We all would like to see certain things expedited.  To be able to climb up a steep hill without having to drop down to the lowest gear is a good feeling.  We want things accelerated and rushed.  We want to be on the fast track.

THE SIGN HIS UNASSUMING and he sent and signified it by his angel

THE SERVANT HIS UNCTION   unto his servant John: 

To signify means to declare, to make known and to make clear to show by signs.  His Angel is referred to here in the first verse and His Angel is mentioned the last chapter Rev. 22:16 I Jesus have sent my Angel.

Jesus Angel or messenger is His intermediary. W.W. Wiersbe writes: Sometimes Christ Himself conveyed information to John Rev. 1:10; sometimes it was an elder Rev. 7:13; and often it was an angel Rev. 17:1; 19:9–10.

Sometimes a “voice from heaven” told John what to say and do Rev. 10:4. The book came from God to John, no matter what the various means of communication were; God’s Spirit inspired it all.

The message of Revelation is made clear through the use of signs and symbols.  Revelation is a book of 348 symbols.  These aren’t random symbols with fanciful and novel explanations.  These are traceable images from the Old Testament.

A.G. Fruchtenbaum in his book The Footsteps of the Messiah writes: “While the Bible does use many symbols, it is consistent in its usage of symbols. A specific symbol will mean the same thing throughout the Old and New Testaments in the vast majority of cases”

The Book of Revelation has no direct quotations from the Old Testament, but it has about 550 references back to the Old Testament.

David Jeremiah writes: of these symbols, “some represent people. In the first chapter, Jesus is seen as a judge with a two-edged sword coming out of his mouth. Later, the Antichrist is presented as a beast; the great religious system is described as Babylon the Great.

Why is there so much symbolism in the Book of Revelation? To begin with, symbolism is not weakened by time. John was able to draw the great images in God’s revelation and write them into an exciting drama; symbols can stand the test of the years, without relating to one particular era or culture.

Symbols also impart values and arouse emotions. How much more graphic it is to speak of “beasts,” instead of “dictators.” There is more color in referring to “Babylon the Great” than the “world system.”

Symbols can be used as a secret code. Just as secret projects are given code names, so the prisoner of Patmos had a spiritual code, which was circulated to the churches.

The political climate of this period was not unlike that of the forties in Nazi Germany. A diabolically wicked leader, Domitian, believed in his own ability to rule his empire and establish himself with god-like powers.  He realized that these people who called themselves Christians had an allegiance to another God. Whereas Hitler annihilated the Jews, the emperor Domitian set out to abolish the influence of the followers of a man called Jesus.  Thousand’s of Christians were killed; others, like John, were imprisoned for their faith.

John wanted to encourage those believers, so he wrote letters to the churches, urging them to stand firm, not to waver in their faith. However, he had to disguise this message in such a way that the Roman authorities would not understand it. The Christians could decipher this secret code, but Domitian and his henchmen would be puzzled by it. It would be similar to POWs in our century tapping out codes on cell walls to encourage their fellow prisoners.

The first-century believers understood this symbolism, so it is equally vivid to Christians of every age. We can understand the symbolism in Revelation because each symbol is accompanied by its own interpretation. Throughout Scripture symbols occur as a vehicle for divine revelation, but Revelation contains more symbols than any other book in the Bible”, compiling from the entirety of the 65 books of God’s Word.

Symbols and figures of speech are not literal.  Psalms 23 informs us the Lord makes us to lie down in green pastures but not in a literal sense?  Literary figures of speech are styles of writing used to reveal a literal truth. David wrote of God riding on the wings of the wind coming in thick clouds of darkness in wrath Against David’s enemies.  This is poetic prophecy.

John didn’t make up the images. And we can’t interpret them using our own ingenuity. They’re carefully taken from the rest of the Bible.

Sensationalizing these symbols with strange associations is not anything but speculative fiction.  I’ve read a variety of speculative theories, which are a step above fortune telling craziness.  One writer predicted that lasers will be created that will melt modern weapons so that future warfare will be fought with stone age weapons with the only vehicles being horses.  Another wrote that when the calculator was devised that to own such a hand held devise was equal to taking the mark of the beast.  Another said the flying creature of Revelation with stings in their tails were a helicopter with intensely destructive weapons.  This makes for bazaar drama but lacks credible proofs.

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       THE COMMENCEMENT OF TIME        In the beginning

           HE’S OMNIPOTENT

               HIS COVERAGE                                  was

               HIS CHARACTER                               the Word

               HIS INDIVIDUALITY                        and the Word

               HIS INTIMACY                                    was with God
        HE’S OMNISCIENT                              

               HIS DISTINCTION                             and the Word

               HIS DEITY                                            was God

      A CONFIDENCE                                          The same

          CONTINUITY                                           was in the beginning

     A CONVICTION                                            with God.

      HIS COMPREHENSIVENESS               all things
           ORIGINALITY                                       were made
      HIS CAPABILITY                                      by Him
           INDEPENDENCE                                 and without him

           INVENTIVENESS                                was not anything

           INNOVATION                                       made                      

           IMAGINATION                                    that was made.


        THE LORD V.4                                      In Him
        THE LIFE                                                was Life and the Life
        THE LIGHT V.5                                    was the light of men

           CHRIST RADIATES                         and the light shines in the darkness
           CHRIST REFUSED                           and the darkness comprehended it not


      HE WAS SENT V.6

          A MAN                                                    There was a man

          A MISSION                                           sent from God,

          HIS INDIVIDUALITY                       whose name was John.

          HIS INTENT V.7

                TO PRESENT                                 The same came for a witness,

                TO PREACH                                    to bear witness of the Light,

                TO PERSUADE                              that all men through him might believe

           HIS IMPLICATIONS V.8                He was not that Light,

           HIS INFERENCE

                A COMMISSION                           but was sent

                A CHARGE                                      to bear witness of that Light.

            HIS INSTRUCTION V.9

                DISPLAY CHRIST’S

                      CHARACTER                          That was the true Light,                    

                      CALLING                                  which lights every man

                      COMING                                   that cometh into the world.

     THE REFUSAL V.10-11


                HIS PRESENCE IS APPARENT   He was in the world,

                HIS POWER IS APPEALING        and the world was made by him,

                HIS PERSON IS AVOIDED           and the world

            IGNORANT                                             knew him not


                 THE PRIVILEGES                           He came unto his own,

                 THE PROBLEMS                             and his own received him not. 

        THE RECEPTION V.12

              A POSSIBILITY                                   But as many as received him,

              A POWER                                              to them gave he power

              A POSITION                                         to become the sons of God,

              A PERSON                                            even to them that believe on his name
         THE RESULTS V.13

             A NEW BIRTH

                 NOT BY DESCENT                        Which were born, not of blood,

                 NOT BY DESIRE                             nor of the will of the flesh,

                 NOT BY DESIGN                            nor of the will of man,

                NEW BY DELIVERANCE             but of God. 



         ETERNAL EXISTENCE                        And the Word


             THE MYSTERY                                   was made flesh,

             THE MANIFESTATION                   and dwelt among us,

             THE MAJESTY

                 HE IS UNDERSTANDABLE       and we beheld his glory,

                 HE IS UNIQUE                                the glory as of the only begotten

                 HE IS UNFATHOMABLE             of the Father,

                 HE IS UNLIMITED

                     IN LOVE                                         full of

                     IN LIFE                                          grace

                     IN LIGHT                                      and truth.


              HIS IDENTITY V.15

                   HE IS AUTHENTICATED        John bare witness of him,

                   HE IS ACCLAIMED                   and cried, saying,

                   HE IS ADMITTED                     This was he of whom I spoke,

                   HE IS ADMIRED       He that cometh after me is preferred before me

                   HE IS ADORED          for he was before me. 

              HIS INDWELLING V.16

                    A FILLING                 And of his fullness

                    A FULFILLING         have all we received,

                    A FOUNTAIN             and grace for grace.

              HIS IMPROVING V.17

                    PERFORMANCE BASED

                        DEMANDING         For the law

                        DISTANT                  was given by Moses,


                        REFRESHING        but grace

                        REALISTIC              and truth

                        RELATIONAL         came by Jesus Christ.

                HIS IMPRESSION V.18

                      INVISIBILITY          No man hath seen God at any time;

                      INIMITABILITY     the only begotten Son,

                      INTIMACY                which is in the bosom of the Father,

                      ILLUMINATION     he hath declared him.


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     THE ENTRANCE TO RELEASE        O LORD God of my salvation,

THE EXPRESSION OF RELIANCE I have cried day & night before You


     LET Us PERCEIVE YOUR PERCEPTION Let my prayer come before You

LET US PENETRATE YOUR PRESENCE incline Your ear unto my cry


     FEELING DOWN FROM LIFE’S TESTS V.3 For my soul is full of troubles


       CRYING FOR DEATH and my life draws near unto the grave.


I am counted with them that go down into the pit:

DEVASTATED WITH DOUBTS I am as a man that hath no strength:


           DREARY Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave


DISENCHANTED AND FORGOTTEN who You remember no more:


DISILLUSIONED and they are cut off from Your hand.

DEPRESSED     You have laid me in the lowest pit,

DISCOURAGED V.6 in darkness,

DESPAIRING         in the deeps.


     BOGGLED BY HIS WRATH V.7 Your wrath lies hard upon me,


                             and You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah.


        I FEEL DISTANT You have put away my acquaintance

I FEEL DISEASED far from me;

I FEEL DISABLED I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.


DEPLORABLE EMPTINESS V.9 My eye mourns by reason of affliction:

DISREGARDED EFFORTS LORD, I have called daily on You, I

                                    have stretched out my hands to You.



Will You show wonders to the dead?


will the dead arise and praise You? Selah.


       TENDERNESS V.11  Shall Your loving kindness be declared in the grave?


         DURING DESTRUCTION     in destruction?

DURING DARKNESS V.12 will Your wonders be known in the dark?


                                                   and Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?


   CONSISTENT CRYING V.13 But to You have I cried, O LORD;

CONCERTED CRYING and in the morning will my prayer prevent You.


WHY DO YOU REJECT ME LORD, why cast You off my soul?

WHY DO YOU RUN FROM ME why hide Your face from me?



                                 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up:


while I suffer Your terrors I am distracted.



       FILLED WITH TRAGEDY Your fierce wrath goes over me;

FILLED WITH TERROR   Your terrors have cut me off. 


       SWALLOWED WITH A DELUGE They came round about me daily like water

SURROUNDED WITH DISASTER they compassed me about together.


       DISREGARDED Lover and friend have You put far from me,

DEJECTED       and mine acquaintance into darkness.


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   BLINDED V.3 For my days are consumed like smoke,

What should we do if we feel like our life is a waste. We can get in a tangle of feeling meaningless and inconsequential. When we boil everything down, there comes this miserable sense, that even our expressions are pointless, hollow, irrelevant and futile.

Our days are consumed like smoke. The end result of a burned up item is there is nothing but smoke drifting up in the air. Smoke quickly disappears in an elusive flume. Smoke is a ghostly eerie puff of flurry, evaporating into nothing. Are we nothing but a combustible substance?

Satan is the stoker of this blaze. The end result is the sensation of rising into nowhere.

We are asked in Jas 4:14 for what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.

The question is what is our life? Is it nothing but a cloud of smoke? Others may ridicule what we say as just blowing smoke and worthless nonsense. But really, our words are our life, for it’s out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

When it is our life that is in question it is our value that is constantly challenged. Our life is very fragile in a number of ways.

There is our life according to its duration. How much time do we have left?

There is our life according to our distinctiveness. What are the characteristics of our life? What impressions do we leave others?

The other delicate aspect of our life is that the slightest decision can crumble our possibilities. What are our life decisions? The expression of the psalmist is that he feels wasted, useless, unsuccessful and out of it. This is looking at our life according to our personal determinations. Our determinations are our opinion of our life’s effectiveness. The Psalmist is expressing his despair and the vacuum that depression causes. When you add in the negative censor of others, we can end up feeling stifled and repressed. If we feel like smoke and we feel the additional weight of lacking positive influence for others, it adds to our discouragement. But really what is our life or what are we surrendering it too? Are we unattractive and are we yielding and giving way too feeling distasteful and unappealing?


Where our treasure is there will our heart (life) be also.


Prov. 23:26 give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.


Dt. 30:2 return to the LORD thy God, and obey his voice,


Dt. 6:5 love the LORD thy God with all your heart, and with all thy soul,

and with all thy might.


Psa. 119:2 seek him with the whole heart,


Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,


Jer.29:13 you will seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me

with all your heart.


Rev.5:12 Worthy, is the Lamb that hath been slain, to receive

ALL OUR ENERGY                the power,

ALL OUR EARNING              and riches,

ALL OUR EXPERIENCE      and wisdom,

ALL OUR ENDOWMENT    and might,

ALL OUR ESTEEM                 and honor,

ALL OUR EXALTATION      and glory,


Our value is enhanced when we give our life to the Lord and allow the life of Christ to be our life: Gal.2:20

OUR IDENTITY                 I am crucified with Christ:

OUR INDIVIDUALITY   nevertheless I live;

HIS INDWELLING       yet not I, but Christ lives in me:

HIS INVOLVEMENT   and the life which I now live in the flesh

HIS INSISTENCE         I live by the faith of the Son of God,

HIS INTIMACY             who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Ro 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

When our life is given to the Lord our life is not a waste. Self-deprecation or criticism from others is invalid. We are not smoke.

Rev. 8:3 and another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

Our smoke can be an enjoyable incense that is received by the Lord. Our emotions are not a waste. Our sacrifices are not a waste but an act of worship.

We may feel like:

Lam 3:18 my strength and my hope is perished from the LORD.

We can get haunted that our splendor is evaporated as a fading vaporous smoke. But in Jesus our labor is not in vain in the Lord. We can cry out:

Lam. 3:19 remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

Sure we can feel that the expressions of our life are nothing but disappearing smoke. We can sense that our smoke stings the eyes of those around us. But our evaluation could be a figment of our own imagination. We may be nurturing a hypersensitivity of defeated thought patterns.

We should raise our sights above, to the one who has the real worth. Don’t give in to the crass disarray of our groveling perceptions and spooky misgivings. Jesus is the solution to the battling in the shadows of our mind games. The Psalmist took his smoky feelings to God. This can renew the vigor away from uselessness to our value in Christ.

F.W. Faber wrote:

How wonderful, how beautiful the sight of Thee must be,

Thy endless wisdom, boundless power, and awful purity;

O how I fear thee, living God, with deepest, tender, fears,

and worship thee in trembling hope and penitential tears.







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Incline Your ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

Is asking God to cut us some slack in the timing issue a signal of impatience? Why do we start feeling edgy and intolerant when impending loss is imminent? Why does stress and exasperation gurgle inside of us with unnerving surges?

The pointed direction is: Redeem the time, because the days are evil.

Now that’s a novel concept. How do we add that to our shopping list? How do we buy time?

Dan 2:18 the king answered and said, I know of a certainty that you would gain the time, because you see the thing is gone from me.

The magicians we’re stalling because they didn’t have an answer for the king and they didn’t know how to solve his dream mystery. They we stalling for time. Daniel comes along and seizes the moment, (Redeems the time) He squeezed everything possible out of the opportunity. He makes this acquisition by crying out to the Lord. It is a simple request. He asks for insight for the situation. He is given the insight. In addition he gains a miraculous promotion and a timeless blessing. This is all accomplished by buying up the opportunity. God gives exceedingly, abundantly, and above all that we ask or think.

The alert is: Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. Eph.5:14

We can live like we’re dead to the spirit sphere. We can bang through life unaware of the light He has for us. We can just be in a fog, missing the spiritual options in each situation. The answers are obtainable; we have to buy up the opportunities, to get at them. Prayer really isn’t that baffling. I confess I miss great bargains constantly. We have to be aggressively opportunistic. The prayer method is a simple one-word phrase. No lengthy piece of poetry really. We just need to say “HELP!” The privileges are present and now. God’s prospects surround us.

Eph. 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Circumspectly, we don’t hear that everyday. We are to be attentive. Awake to where we are and where we place each step. We have to get alert and aware, conscientious to how we use each moment. It is being meticulous, painstaking and careful with our time.

Incline Your ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. 

Or in other words pleading with God to please help, please open our eyes, I’m dumb, so please hold my hand. I’m weak so please hold me up.

We are asking God to hear us and run toward us in our every need. He is asking the same of us. He is prompting us by the alarm clock of jarring circumstances. He is telling us to wake up and rise to Him by asking Him and keep on asking Him over and over.

Prayer is the time exposure of our soul to God. This is the process of the image of God being formed on our soul through the proper use of time. We need to redeem the time. We are living in an age of instantaneous digital photography. We have lost the former process of photography. We need time in the dark room. Time for exposure to various solutions is essential. The digital process of the instantaneous is not adaptable to spiritual exposure.

We can end up with a hazy image of our eternal and infinite God. Our picture can end up poor because our negative is weak. The negatives need the time in the dark room and His likeness will come in the light. We have to give God time to achieve a proper likeness, to be changed into the same image from glory to glory. A fool has been described as one who has lost the proportion of things. We get captivated by the secondary and lose sight of the primary.

The present time can be one of difficulty. But the application of the truth to all the circumstances that appear to be obstacles in the way is the only way we will redeem the opportunity. We must buy every opportunity for God. He gives us the purchase power in prayer. This is how we get the right focus.




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Incline Your ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

No one enjoys waiting. No one has ever told me what a charge they get out of waiting on the Lord. Waiting demands patience. And the development of patience doesn’t cultivate easily. In fact it is miserable to hear that troubles are the source of patience.

Patience is endurance and perseverance, which are qualities that don’t grow effortlessly. Patience is the ability to tolerate waiting, delay, and frustration without becoming agitated or upset.

Patience is the knack of controlling our emotions. It is adjusting and regulating our impulses so we can proceed calmly when faced with difficulties. It comes from the Latin root word “patiens” which means to suffer, to endure, to bear.

How can we tolerate delay and learn to wait?   Isaiah writes that if we wait on the Lord we will renew our strength and fly above problems like Eagles. Isa. 40:31

Galatians 5 tells us patience is a fruit of the Spirit. So we have to confess when we’re exasperated. When we get frustrated it reveals our desire to rule our own lives. We need to yield to Jesus as our Lord. We need God’s Spirit to fill us, and to empower and direct. This is waiting on the Lord.

Trouble develops patience by showing us our need of the Lord in our lives. We see our impatience and call to Jesus to Incline His ear unto us: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

Waiting doesn’t mean our circumstances change. But waiting on the Lord is praying about every issue we face. The Lord will help us, strengthen us and guide us. Waiting is looking expectantly for the Lord. William MacDonald writes: “It is absurd to think that He cares less for His people than for the stars which He guides so unerringly.”

He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength” Isaiah 40:29. God helps those who need it the most.

Waiting on God is the condition for finding God’s help. Waiting is patience, faith, and surrender to the Lord. Ole Hallesby writes: Prayer and helplessness are inseparable. Only he who is helpless can truly pray.”

“ Christ’s Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” Rom 8: 26. It almost seems that the help of the Spirit is triggered by our helplessness. To pray is to accept that we are, and always will be, wholly dependent on God for everything.

When we feel most totally helpless, we should be confident that God is with us and is listening to our prayer. He will help us wait and His Spirit pours patience into us.


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Hide not Your face from us in the day when we are in trouble

Problem after problem and we feel that God is obscuring His responses to our troubles. He’s playing hide and seek. How can He act that way when He is the only one who can solve our distress and difficulty? It feels like a perpetual assault where He is concealed. Can’t we come to grips, but this feeling won’t leave? Is this just an agony that we’ve self-concocted? Spurgeon writes “Our prayer is intensified into a cry, then the heart is even more urgent to have the audience of the Lord.

Our trouble is unbearable. William Cowper wrote “That were a grief I could not bear, Didst thou not hear and answer prayer.”

We can go to the bottle or drugs or earthly comforters, but no one can help so wonderfully in a time of crisis as God

Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change; and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea

We need trouble as our prompt to respond to God who disguises Himself in our troubles and stresses. When we are rapid in including Him in each issue then He will be prompt in responding to our prayers.

Troubles should increase the intensity of our prayers not our doubts.

“Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide;

In every change, He faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul:

thy God doth undertake to guide the future, as He has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know

His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,

And all is darkened in the vale of tears,

Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,

Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.

Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay

From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on

When we shall be forever with the Lord.

When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past

All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul:

begin the song of praise On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;

Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,

So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.

Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine

Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

“We only learn through pain. It is pain that causes us to change. Pain may take us to a doctor for help. Pain may send us back to school. Pain may force us to dissolve a destructive relationship. Pain may bring us to God.” Williams, D., & Ogilvie, L. J. (1989). Psalms 73–150

To be frantic about God being this delusional hidden quality is really our own invention. This comes from our implacable natural inclination toward fictitious, imaginary fears. In our stress we create and believe delusions. We become hypochondriacs in our mind games. We dress the shadows of our existence in colorful costumes and ghoulish outfits. We lack faith, and decline in a dementia that our Lord Jesus detests and scolds. This attitude drives us from the reality of his constant care, denies us of sensation of his loving arms and lifting ability. God uses the legion of surrounding troubles for our good. For we need to come to the fact that the snags of life are not damaging difficulties. To say our Lord is hidden and ignoring our needs is turning our back to the only one who can save and will deliver from every hitch, nuisance, breakdown and difficulty.

We can plead that He reveal His face in our time of trouble but we are the ones that have turned our back on Him in our fears and doubts. He says: remember Me, think on Me, behold Me, meditate on Me. Then we cry, how can You Lord Jesus expect me to abide in Your love if Yo hide Yourself from me in the time of need?

The answer of course is He doesn’t hide at all from us but we hide from Him. We are demanding certain things. We want everything to work out our way and according to our approvable. If those expectations are not met we feel like the victims of things that we interpret as tragedy.

Eliaphaz says to Job: Job 5:7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

We feel that bad things only happen to fools and idiots.

Job 5:19 He delivers us in six troubles: in seven no evil will touch us.

We think that nasty things only happen because we are wicked and this is completely false. Our fear is that we are freaks of nature and that our immense evil has caused God to turn his back to us in our trouble.

Job 6:1-4 But Job answered and said, Oh that my griefs were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together! For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up. For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

Everything is from the hand of God. God is not hiding himself, but in trouble He is revealing Himself.

Job 38:1-4 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.

Our life seems a continuous whirlwind. The wind appears to blow everything we thought we had of value away.

He has thrown me into the mire, and I am like dust and ashes’ I cry unto You, and You don’t hear me: I stand up, and You don’t regard me. You are become cruel to me: with Your strong hand You oppose me and are against me. You lift me up to the wind; You cause me to ride upon it, and it dissolves my substance.

Job even complained that he had cared for the troubles of others but he was being hung out and denied when terrors exploded in on him.

Job 30:25-26 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? Was not my soul grieved for the poor? When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

But the wind is not blowing us apart, God answers in the whirlwind: Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  

Why are we feeling so abandoned, why are we accusing God? He has been with us the whole time. Gird up now thy loins like a man, Get a grip.

1Pet.1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be serious, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

As we see the Lord in our problems things make sense.

In Job 38:4-6 God says; I put the earth together one molecule at a time; I’m in complete control of it.

In Job 38:7 He says; I’m in control of the Planets, the Angelic host do all my requests, nothing takes place outside of my authority.

V.8 the sea came from God’s womb. The turbulent Ocean is my infant at its birth, the sea came out of My bowels v.9 the clouds I make as a swaddling band that cradle the sea.

Job 38:10 God brake the earth and the sea by his decree: He made a vast chasm in the earth to hold the waters of the sea, which was provided as a sort of cradle to put this swaddled infant in; God slashed the earth, raised the hills and sank the valleys, which became as channels to convey the waters that ran off the earth to their appointed place. This is beautifully expressed, showing his wise plans. Everything God does is a blessing. We need to see Him in everything. He is not hiding.

Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Ac 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.



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