Gone is the life we once had, whatever it was..big or small.
The way of Christ is slow, often lonely, as we are learning to bear our own burden.
We have the saints, the body of Christ, but our faith must be our own.
Study Notes / Poem
The Lord locks us away all by ourselves for he wants our heart to be his.
We pick one another up and gather when we can, but much of the work is done in silence when we are all alone.
The temptations come to go back to the world, to envy the wicked, to want to go and get what we desire. Yet we must learn to wait. Others think us to be foolish; they try to convince us we’re missing out, but we know the reason we’re waiting.
It’s all worth it. Success is not glamorous to attain. It’s lots of hard work, that after years of faithfulness it bears fruit. We see this in the world as a shadow of attaining the riches of Christ.
Athletes train and practice over and over again, no glory, no cameras, just work. The glory comes in time, but is only possible with all the patient preparation and endurance. The great ones are more driven than the average person.
The elect are chosen to endure, quietly working out our salvation, waging the battle of contentment. Knowing the prize that lies ahead and the many souls that will be saved through our obedience and patient endurance.
So let us be comfortable waiting, comfortable when nothing seems to be going on, comfortable being mocked and ridiculed by the enemy speaking in our heavens. “Where are your worldly accomplishments” he says. “Look at everyone else, having fun, making something of themselves, and what of you?”
And the Spirit of God in us replies, “My kingdom is not of this world…my treasure does not perish”. You can scoff and doubt all you want, but I know why I am waiting.
So let us not be dismayed or discouraged. Let us not worry when it seems we’re standing still. Just wait in faith and keep the hill that has been taken by force. The Lord will come in time with his reward. We will rejoice with the saints now in this life, and forever more with all the saints in due time.
Wait, I say, wait on the Lord and we will not be ashamed.
(Isa 49:23 KJV) And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.