Patient Endurance

Psalm 27:14.  Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart;  Wait, I say, on the Lord!  

Wait on the Lord is a very familiar expression, used many times in the Old Testament Psalms and Prophets. But it does not seem to be used in the New Testament at all, or does it?

In the Septuagint, the Greek used to express waiting is hupomeno and is used 17 times in the New Testament to express enduring patiently. These passages inform us of the true meaning of “to wait on the Lord”.

Mark 13:13.  And you will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end will be saved.  

Matthew 24:13.   And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 

This is a very important teaching that Jesus shared with his disciples during his final instructions. Having taken this message to heart enabled them to endure the challenge of being the first apostles of the Gospel.

 2 Timothy 2:10.  Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 

Hebrews 12:7.  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?  

James 1:12.  Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised those who love Him.  

1 Peter 2:20.    But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure, this is commendable before God.  

 1 Corinthians 13:7.   Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.