Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me!… You are my Help and my Deliverer. O my God, do not tarry! Psalm 40:13, 17
After more desperate cries to God over disappointment of breakthrough not coming in the time frame we were requesting, God made Himself clear again that He wants “unconditional trust” in His timing and process for inheriting the promises by faith and patience. I believe He’s asking for us to trust Him as “Lord of the Breakthrough” (II Samuel 5:20), in the sense that we recognize He is LORD over when and how breakthrough comes and we submit to His Lordship in this area ~ even when, or especially when, we don’t understand His plan and time.
He’s given multiple passages during this storm regarding His “appointed time.”
For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail (deceive or disappoint). Though it tarry, wait [earnestly and patiently] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day. Habakkuk 2:3
I don’t believe this is the case in every trial and storm, since we have clear Scriptural precedent demonstrating that, on some occasions, faith was the only determining factor of when and how a breakthrough was received. But many of us want to apply that principle in every situation. This can lead to a host of heartaches for ourselves (or others) if we believe faith must be deficient when we (or others) don’t immediately receive, instead of understanding that sometimes God chooses for us to walk through the fire and flood with Him (Isaiah 43:2, as discussed in “Passing the ‘Though He Slay Me’ Test” and “When God Seems Late”). I think it’s sometimes inadvertently communicated that we should be able to reach a level in our faith that will negate our need to ever have patience, but this view just isn’t supported by Scripture. If we seek the Lord, He’ll show us which kind of trial we’re in and reveal whether He’s waiting on us or whether He’s asking us to wait on Him. In this form of storm, where God’s goal is to develop enduring faith, He’ll remind us of all those Scriptures we’d prefer to opt out of.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you [that is, to test the quality of your faith], as though something strange or unusual were happening to you. But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, keep on rejoicing, so that when His glory is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy. I Peter 4:12-13
Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Romans 5:3-4
Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
Here is [the call for] the patient endurance and the faithfulness of the saints [which is seen in the response of God’s people to difficult times]. Revelation 13:10 AMP
I believe God’s been showing us that in certain trials (particularly when He’s determined we must inherit the promises through faith and patience), there is an appointed time for our breakthrough. As Daniel 7:21-27 and Revelation 13:7 show, in these trials, the enemy may be given a certain period of time to make war against us ~ and even be permitted to appear as if he’s winning for a season. His goal with his persistent and relentless assaults is to wear us out and cause us to give up. But if we hold on to God’s promises and endure through the process God’s way, as Daniel 7 shows, the courts of Heaven will eventually intervene, the works of the enemy will be destroyed, and we will possess the Kingdom (we’ll receive the manifestation of God’s covenant promises and provision through Jesus).
Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
God wants to give us the endurance of Jesus so we can outlast the enemy (II Thess 3:5) ~ to make us more determined than the devil and more persistent than the principalities and powers of darkness. He wants us to wear out the enemy instead of being worn out by him. He’s assuring us that as we await our breakthrough, He’s working on our behalf, flipping the script to accomplish a double-divine-turn-around, as He did for Esther, Daniel, and others: not only turning every evil thing the enemy planned for us around on him, so that he’s hung with his own noose, pierced with his own sword, and falls into his own traps and snares – but also turning every good thing the enemy planned for himself around to become our double blessing as we trust and follow Him through the process. Because of this, we can remind the enemy that with every attack he’s only making things worse for himself and better for us.
For some who’ve been enduring through long storms/battles, I believe God’s encouraging us that “Breakthrough draws nigh,” He’s continuing to promise divine intervention, and urging us not to faint, but to KEEP ON asking, seeking, and knocking (link to previous post), KEEP ON believing & speaking… (link to previous post), sowing good seeds to help others, and praising & worshiping through the pain. He’s saying we must KEEP ON putting on the whole armor and fighting the good fight of faith with the weapons of His blood, wounds, cross, Name, Word, and Spirit until we see our manifested victory ~ knowing that none of the enemy’s weapons against us will prosper and none of our weapons against him will fail (Isaiah 54:17 , II Corinthians 10:3-5). He’s promising that for those who do so, His reward is on the way.
So wait patiently, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits [expectantly] for the precious harvest from the land, being patient about it, until it receives the early and late rains. You too, be patient; strengthen your hearts [keep them energized and firmly committed to God], because the coming of the Lord is near. … 10 As an example, brothers and sisters, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord [as His messengers and representatives]. You know we call those blessed who were steadfast and endured [difficult circumstances]. You have heard of the patient endurance of Job and you have seen the Lord’s outcome [how He richly blessed Job]. The Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. James 5:7-8, 10-11
Also [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up). … 7 And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf? I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth? Luke 18:1, 7-8
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