“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity,” 2 Peter 1:5-7.
Perhaps you have noticed as I have, that when one would ask for wisdom or patience, or any other divine attribute that the Almighty has a way of bringing situations and events into our lives that will in time, cause these things to be fruitful and evident in us.
For surely, one can’t become wise over night. How else would one become a person of wisdom unless they first were put in situations where they were tested and tried in the way of wisdom itself?
Then precarious situations where good judgment was needed to make a decision even in the midst of calamity and confusion, a solid answer comes that then makes the most of a bad situation, and enables one to move forward.
Surely when the two women who came to Solomon about the child who both claimed as their own, demanded a wise decision to be made. And yet how would one decide a matter like this without divine wisdom?
Not all answers demand a sword to be given as in this case, but knowing the heart of the issue and how one might react concerning a child of their own, then one can know how to proceed.
But of course not all prayers are for wisdom to be gained, even though it is perhaps one of the most important things to be gained in this life so that we may live a life of peace, stability, and assurance.
For many have surely wanted to become more patient in their dealings with others, and to find ways of handling situations better in this life.
One becomes quite aware that the acquiring of patience is not something that happens overnight.
But rather over many years of living through difficult times, and being stretched in ways that can almost cause us to give-up, in time, we learn how to slow down and accept the bad times along with the good.
Then eventually the fruit of the character of patience is instilled in us, and we find out that we are able to weather storms that a while ago, we would have given up on.
The acquiring of wisdom and patience will enable us to weather more and more difficult days ahead.
We will be stretched in ways that would seem humanly impossible, and yet, our frame will find a way of continuing to walk and go forward.
This is not to say in any way that one’s own wisdom and patience or any other quality, would be sufficient for us as we walk out the days ahead.
For surely, without the strength, the enlightenment, the comfort, and the direction of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we would be lost and without the light to even proceed further.
And yet that very Holy Spirit is the One that causes these fruits to be gathered and to grow within us.
The gifts and the callings that God has placed on each us enables us to become all that we were meant to be in Him, and yet without the very character of God within us, those gifts and abilities can become something more technical and devoid of what is needed for us to walk out our days.
We need a joining together of His character and His gifts and callings within us.
Just as we have two legs to walk, two ears to hear, and two eyes to see, we are off-balance if only one of them is used.
Allow those things that are being developed in you by the Holy Spirit to grow and thrive. In time what once begun as a seed will one day grow into a tall oak tree.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?