The Dynamic Duo...Faith & Patience
"So I say to you, ask and keep on asking, and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking, and you will find; knock and keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking [persistently], receives; and he who keeps on seeking [persistently], finds; and to him who keeps on knocking [persistently], the door will be opened." (Luke 11:9-10 AMP)
To keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking seems simple enough—or maybe not. This is what challenges many believers, because it requires two things that we normally lack the ability to do at the same time. You can see them expressed through the writing of James: "brothers and sisters, we must be PATIENT and filled with EXPECTATION…" (James 5:7 TPT). Does God actually insist we live in absolute expectation (faith) in every situation and walk in complete patience, awaiting the outcome with a good attitude no matter how long it takes? It is certainly possible, but we usually get stuck here because to fully expect and fully be patient is a combo that is foreign to us.
Here is where the trouble begins. If we know God is asking us to be patient, we have the tendency to lower our expectation, because waiting without knowing is scary. We figure, expecting less will protect us from being let down. The truth is, if we expect less we receive less. The other side of the coin is: if God is asking us to dig in and radically expect the impossible, we might think that this has to happen quickly, because there is no way I can be patient if I am firing faith on all cylinders. How can I be patient and content if every day I am putting all my energy in believing?
These twisted theories have held us back and robbed us from taking Bible-size risks. If anything, history reveals the only way the patriarchs received the full reward of their calling was through the union of faith and patience. We need both if we want the promises of God.
"So don’t allow your hearts to grow dull or sluggish but follow the example of those who fully received what God has promised because of their strong FAITH and PATIENT endurance." (Hebrews 6:12 TPT)