It takes sanctification and that we have no reservations for what we will do to endure all things and serve God.
II Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Job endured when he couldn’t see God anywhere. We will be in situations where we can’t see God or what way he wants us to go. Job knew that God was trying him and would bring him out of the trial like refined gold.
Job 23:8-12 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
It’s vitally important to endure and hold patience, doing what God wants us to do and not veering from it. Job didn’t feel like doing what he had to do, but he did it anyway. We have to love the word and be obedient to it, no matter how we feel. If we have anything in our life that we haven’t given to God and put on the altar, a trial will come or something will touch that thing and we’ll be offended. Job had everything on the altar or he couldn’t have said about God’s word that he “esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”
King Jeroboam built an altar and a golden calf for the people to worship because he didn’t want to them to go worship at Jerusalem. The man of God told him what God thought about it and his hand was paralyzed when tried to take hold of the man of God. He asked the man of God to pray for him and his hand was healed.
I Kings 13:1-6…there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee…This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out. And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God…he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him. The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given…the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the Lord thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored…as it was before.
The king wanted to reward the man of God and to go with him to eat and be refreshed, but God gave specific instruction to not go with him. He went his way but instead of continuing on, he was sitting by the road doing nothing. The devil had a message for him by an old prophet that would try to change the word of God. If a person starts sitting and doing nothing, not being busy about the Lord’s work, they’ll believe another who says they’re a prophet too and an angel told them to change God’s word. We can’t change God’s word or let another tell us to do so.
I Kings13:7-19 And the king said…Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward. And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place: For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel. Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king…And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah. And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass…And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am. Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place: For it was said to me by the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest. He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him. So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.
The man of God went with the prophet to rest and eat because he believed his lie. A lion killed the man of God when he left, after he had eaten with the old prophet. He didn’t endure according to direction of the word of God.
I Kings 13:20-25 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back: And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord…commanded thee, But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the Lord did say…Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers. And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back. And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase…and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
To endure we have to accept the unchangeable in trials that come to us. We have to give the unchangeable things to God and let him handle them. When we call on God, he will give us grace. We have to ask him for grace every day because the grace we had yesterday is not enough for today. With God’s grace we’ll accept the unchangeable. If we don’t accept the unchangeable, we won’t have a good attitude in our trials. God gives us trials and tribulations so we can learn patience and other godly attributes. We have to be willing to adjust to obstacles. Like the story of one at sea that sent a message to another to move 10 degrees. The other said you move 10 degrees. The first one said, I’m a battleship, and then the second answered, I’m a light house.
Knowledge alone doesn’t help you endure. You need to have something more down in your heart. Solomon was David’s son, who wrote Proverbs and Song of Solomon. He was considered the wisest man, but he’s not listed with the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11.
I Kings 11:1-10 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: Of the nations concerning which the Lord said…Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. And the Lord was angry…because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning this thing…but he kept not that which the Lord commanded.
Saul was king and Samuel the prophet told him that God said for him to go utterly destroy the Amalekites. Saul spared the herds and King Agag, but then said he had done what God said and brought animals to sacrifice to God.
I Samuel 15:13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord.
God wouldn’t forgive Saul because he wouldn’t admit his responsibility and wasn’t obedient to what God said. We have to choose God’s will every day. There isn’t any day that we can stop doing what God has for us to do. We have to keep doing what we know God want us to do above our personal opinion. We can’t let any issue, circumstance, or anything move us away from God so that we don’t endure all things.
I Samuel 15:22-26 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. And Saul said…I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.
James was Jesus’ brother. They had the same mother and ate at the same table, but he didn’t believe in Jesus until after the resurrection when he repented and was saved. He said count it all joy when you fall into various trials. Jesus said we would have tribulation but to be of good cheer (John 16:33). We all have work to do in this area because being joyful is not the first thing that we do when we face trials.
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
God’s purpose in our trials and tribulations is to refine us and make us more like him. God doesn’t want what the devil does to affect our testimony of how people see us so that they think less of our testimony.
Mature Class Lesson notes, Sister Edith Tolbert