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The Rewards of Patience

Read | Psalm 40:1-17

The Scriptures contain many stories of people who waited years or even decades before the Lord's promises came to pass. What modern believers can learn from the patience of biblical saints like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul is that waiting upon the Lord has eternal rewards.

Today let's look at Israel's most memorable monarch. David was the chosen heir to Israel's throne, but he spent years dodging King Saul's wrathful pursuit. Despite having two different opportunities for vengeance, David resisted the temptation and spared Saul's life. He chose to adhere to God's timetable for his coronation instead of dishonoring the Lord by killing the divinely anointed king. David's psalms reveal his intimate awareness of Yahweh's work in his life. The shepherd king not only achieved his objective through patience; he also observed that God's way was always best.

David left behind an incredible testimony of God's faithfulness for each of us to read and meditate upon. He was committed to waiting upon the Lord, and as a result, he had the Father's approval and blessing. We cannot underestimate the reward of living in divine favor. That isn't a special state reserved for "giants of the faith" like David. All who obediently endure until the Lord acts on their behalf abide in His favor.

David didn't receive his blessings because he was special; he was honored among men because he honored the Lord above all. And since he trusted in God's faithfulness, he endured hardship with patience. We, too, can expect to be blessed when we wait upon the Lord.

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  • August 16, 2012 09:01 PM

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    Amen! Thank you Dr. Stanley for reminding us that God's Time is the Best Time...
  • August 16, 2012 02:16 PM

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    This is absolutely true. I have lived it many times. Only GOD is faithful to keep his Word.
  • August 16, 2012 02:06 PM

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    Verses 6-8: Oh what joy comes when we finally understand that it is not about what we do, it's about how we live for him in surrender to His ways, His principles, HIS LOVE!!! Yes! I finally get it! I pray for other believers that they finally get it too; we are not loosing by surrendering, we are winning and gaining everything! Life with God is a paradox: to lose is to gain; to surrender is victory, and do die is to live...eternally. JMac
  • August 16, 2012 11:31 AM

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    Just what I need. May the Lord bless you; you cannot imagine the impact of your dedication to the Lord. I really love you.
  • August 16, 2012 11:27 AM

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    Thank you Dr Stanley for your timely message.It is always rewarding to listen to you
  • August 16, 2012 10:37 AM

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    So true. When we don't wait upon the Lord, our decisions can have disastrous consequences that we spend a life-time trying to let God correct.
  • August 16, 2012 08:08 AM

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    God is always faithful. Oh that I would be as faithful in trusting Him!
  • August 16, 2012 08:07 AM

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    This so true and uplifting as I too wait upon the Lord..
  • August 16, 2012 07:55 AM

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    Thanks for the encouragement to wait on the Lord. I have a 58 year old daughter that is still waiting for a job and a place to live near a church of her choice. Gods word is the hope we have.
  • August 16, 2012 06:20 AM

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    I totally love your devotionals, truly inspiration and always with amazing stories from Biblical times, expressed into modern day life, for all to learn from as they provide much to reflect upon. Your devotionals have always been a favourite of mine, and I always go searching for the next to read ... truly love them :-) God Bless xxx
  • August 16, 2012 05:23 AM

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    Thank you for the reminder, I really needed this. Been waiting on the Lord for a long time to act on my behalf. Isaiah 64:4 is His promise I'm clinging to. I thank God for your life Dr. Stanley and for InTouch Ministries.
  • August 16, 2012 01:45 AM

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    That what Faith comes in with your personal relationship with the Lord, and, able to acheives the all strengths that God gives u to overcome all circumstances!!!!!!! Amen!!!!!!!!!!

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