Though He Bear Long

“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8 KJV)

This seems to be a passage of scripture that the KJV translators got right, something that many other bible translators didn’t get so right. I’ll explain to you briefly here just what I believe this means…

Beloved, God allows his righteous ones to suffer in many different ways, and though they cry out to Him for deliverance day and night, He “bears long with them.” This means that He does not answer their prayers for deliverance right away (sometimes not for many years), for in the waiting; in the delay to seeing their prayers fulfilled, God does a deep heart work. This is often a work of building deep faith and trust in God alone; the process of forming a people who are driven into God Himself in the face of great adversity and affliction.

Not all Christians are driven into God in the face of their trials though. For many, when they don’t see God come through for them IN THEIR TIMING, their faith collapses and they seek out another source of help (or they become just plain miserable). It is in this context that Jesus said…

“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?”

Beloved, Jesus was not talking of the kind of faith by which one is justified, but the kind of faith that insists on seeking only God for deliverance when one is found in the face of adversity, tribulation and affliction. This is a rare kind of faith, indeed.

Dear friends, the Lord is now coming (in Spirit) to prepare a people for the age of Tabernacles. To this, most of you will probably agree. What we need to be aware of though, is that a VERY HOT FIRE (something hotter than many of us have ever experienced before) will precede Him in this “coming”- “a fire goes before Him” (Psalm 97:3). It is in this fire, beloveds, that the kind of faith that the Lord is looking for will be perfected (matured) in a remnant.

Brothers and sisters, though He “bear long” with us in His coming to us in FIRE, will He find faith IN US when He comes to meet with us face to Face? Or will He still find in us then the carnal stinking thinking of fallen men, and this, because we ran from His fire, rather than endured it (suffered it) to the end of its intended purpose for us – the perfection of our faith?