“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
Reading about the end times can be an encouragement to the believer. The verses above are a great reminder that God is faithful to His children. The fact that these verses appear in the Scriptures is a reminder that you will face hard times as a believer. However, the greatest reminder you can learn from these verses is that you don’t have to face them alone. The greatest difference between the child of God and the lost is that the child of God never faces their hard times alone like the lost person does. The verses above show several things that God remembers about your daily life and the hardships that you face.
First, God remembers your patience. It takes patience to make it through tough times. The fact that you are patient, not only with others, but with God is something that God remembers. You will not make it through tough times in life if you are not patient enough to wait on God. God knows how hard it is for you not to quit as you wait on His deliverance, and He remembers the patience it takes to continue going.
Second, God remembers your obedience. The verse above says, “…here are they that keep the commandments of God…” To be patient with God means that you were obedient to Him. Patience and obedience go hand in hand. You can be obedient without being patient, but if you are not patient with God, you will quit. However, you cannot be patient with God without being obedient to God. Certainly, it is not easy to be obedient when you don’t see anything happening because of your obedience, but you must remember that obedience to God is the most rewarding life that anyone could live.
Third, God remembers your faith. The verse above continues by saying, “…and the faith of Jesus.” Those times when you step out by faith, God sees. You never step out by faith alone. You may not see God, but He is always there to guide you as you take those steps into the unseen paths of faith. My friend, it should encourage you that God remembers those times that you trusted Him to step out by faith.
Fourth, God remembers your labor. Verse 13 says, “…that they may rest from their labours…” God sees what you are doing for Him, even when nobody else sees what you are doing. You may think you are doing a thankless work for God, but He sees your work and remembers them.
Fifth, God remembers your faithfulness. Verse 13 talks about God’s people dying “in the Lord.” In other words, they didn’t stop doing what they were supposed to do all the way to their death. Faithfulness always pays off. The greatest testimony that you can have is that you didn’t quit all the way to your death.
However, the greatest truth from these verses is that if God remembers, He sees you doing these things. In other words, you are not doing them alone. Let these verses be an encouragement to continue when you think nobody sees what you are doing for God, because He does see what you are doing, and He will reward you for it.