The New King James renders this as “My command to persevere,” and this helps to better convey the meaning. Several verses show how patience, endurance and perseverance are vital in our Christian lives, especially in the end time, when world conditions will be worse than they have ever been. Notice the following scriptures:
Matthew 10:22: “And you shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.”
Acts 14:22: “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
Revelation 13:10: “…Here is the patience and faith of the saints.”
Revelation 14:12: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Luke 21:19: “In your patience possess you your souls [lives].”
Daniel 12:12: “Blessed is he that waits…”
Also notice Galatians 5:22, which lists longsuffering as one of the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit. “Suffering long,” enduring through trials, requires a great degree of patience, to always remember that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
Christ stated, in Matthew 24:23, “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” Those who are praying “Thy kingdom come” must exercise wisdom and patience, discerning the “signs of the times,” watching and praying always, in order to not allow themselves to be among those deceived by false ministers and false christs. Those who would become impatient, because of longing for Christ’s Return, the binding of Satan, and the establishing of the kingdom of God, must always be on guard against the possibility of that attitude. We must always remember that Christ Himself does not know the exact “day and hour” of His Return (Matt. 24:36).
Humanity is plagued with terrible suffering of every kind‚ÄĒstarvation, disease, poverty, war, natural disasters. Why does God allow pain? If God is all-powerful and loves all humans, why does He‚Ä¶