(10) Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
It takes patience to be a servant of the Lord.
What do we mean by being patient? The word for “patience” in this verse is a Greek word that describes a donkey that willingly bears a heavy load upon his back. He doesn’t kick it off, he doesn’t run away, he doesn’t bray in opposition to his load….he just continues to stand there and accept whatever burden is placed upon him. This is the Scriptural idea behind being patient in our service to Christ.
When we serve the Lord we must bear many differing “weights” upon our back. The weight of our own sin, the weight of others’ judgmental and belittling attitudes, the weight of Satanic opposition, and the weight of past failures, just to name a few. But, in spite of facing all these weights we continue on faithfully knowing…
… God’s grace is sufficient: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 KJV
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
…. justice will come to pass: Revelation 14:9-12 KJV
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
… and we are headed for eternal rewards to be enjoyed in a promised land where these weights will no longer exist: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.
This is the three-fold basis of the patience of the saints. May we all keep these principles in mind as we faithfully bear up under the weights that come upon us as we serve our Lord!
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation: