Patiently Processing Purpose
Patiently Processing Purpose
‘Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny.’ – Ecclesiastes 6:10 (NLT)
Jacob. Yes, Jacob with the help of Rebecca schemed out Esau from receiving Isaac’s blessing. However, in the sight of their Maker, they were only being human and childish for that matter. The Bible stated clearly that while the babies were still in the womb, God has decided what to do with each child (i.e Esau & Jacob) – Purpose.
With this understanding we realized that Rebecca’s scheme and Isaac’s blessing were not as significant as God’s purpose for these children. With or without man, God’s purpose will stand.
God, Who can not lie, told Abraham that his children shall be many and stand – out from all the nations of the earth. This same God took the Children of Abraham to Egypt, but brought Israel out from Egypt. The essence of their 430 years sojourn in Egypt was never slavery – but process.
They entered Egypt, God’s chosen furnace, as children looking for food, they came out as Son processed for a purpose. The prophetic statement, ‘Out of Egypt I have called My Son’, came to pass in their lives. They endured and completed the process.
After His appearance at the Temple at the tender age of 12, our Lord and Savior, Jesus, was kept out of the public for the next 18 years. These solid 18 years were marked out for process, having spelt out His purpose at birth. The Bible says,
‘Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.’ - Hebrews 5:8 – 9
Process brings perfection of purpose. Jesus went through this for 18 years, learning obedience by the things He suffered, until He became perfect by God’s standard; the very reason He could obey God even unto death on the Cross. Jesus’ purpose was to save the world from their sin (Matthew 1:21), your own purpose might not be the same, but every purpose needs a process.
The major difference between miracle and magic is process. While religious people are looking for a magic wand, spiritual people are ready to embrace process: they are not going to argue with God or hurriedly look for a way out from the process.
Despite the good purpose of God to everybody, a lot of people quit process, thereby shelving the purpose of God for their lives. It is more painful to see many believers entering into process without accompanying Patience; for soon they quit and stray away from their purpose on earth.
Joseph, running out of patience, arranged with the cupbearer to bring up his case before Pharaoh, so he can regain his freedom and go BACK to his family. Glory to God, Who ruled out Joseph’s plan, brought it to nothing. Two more years of patience, another 24 months of trusting God further brought Joseph into prominence in Egypt, ruling over the land. God’s purpose to preserve a nation (Israel) through Joseph came to pass.
Makrothumia, the Greek word for patience is the combination of 2 words; Makro,’long’ and ‘thumos’, ‘temper’. It means lenience, forbearance, patient endurance. It also includes the ability to endure persecution and ill – treatment. It describes a person who has the power to exercise revenge, but instead exercise restraint. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit.
As purpose needs process, so process needs patience. You will need this fruit of the Spirit to manifest in 3 dimensions simultaneously as you begin any process in life.
§ Patience with God: God will work out His purpose in His own ways and time.
§ Longsuffering with people: If you can’t tolerate people, you can’t lead them.
§ Endurance with circumstances: This results in wealth of experience.
For this reason, the Bible counsel thus:
‘That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promise.’ – Hebrews 6:12
People with speaking destinies, who patiently processed their purpose, have had their names written in the sand of time. These are men and women like you and I, a people prepared for a purpose.
Quitters don’t win and Winners don’t quit. I therefore urge this day in the Name of the Most High God, to complete your process and fulfill your purpose here on earth. Allow your destiny to speak.
‘Now if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him.’ – Hebrews 10:38
Preparing the Bride,