• William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 2, 2021

Daily Reading: Luke 21-22

Luke 21:19

In your patience possess ye your souls.

No better advice could be given to believers in Jesus Christ than that which He gave in Luke 21:19. In your patience possess ye your souls.

In light of the trials, fears, difficult conditions, uncertainties, persecutions, misunderstandings, hardships, and failures, In your patience possess ye your souls. In Luke 21 the Lord is rehearsing things that must soon come to pass. Difficult things, bewildering things, such as betrayals by loved ones, martyrdom of some, being cast into prisons, and the like. In these the Lord reminds His listeners: In your patience possess ye your souls.

What does it mean? Let’s break it down.

In patience. Waiting. Resolving not to “lose it”. Waiting. Forcing yourself to keep calm. Waiting. Remaining confident in the Lord. Then…. waiting some more. Just wait. Wait on the Lord. King David said it like this in Psalm 27:14: Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Patience is to me: wait. With the right spirit, in the right mind about things, and according to the totality of the teachings of Scripture, just wait.

Possess. To understand this word, consider its synonyms: own, have, hold, enjoy, keep, retain, occupy, and many others. In other words, “don’t lose it”. Rather possess it.

What? Your souls. Can a person lose their soul? According to Mark 8:36 the Lord said they could: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Now, in reality, a person cannot technically lose their soul, for the soul is the essence of the person. It is the person, the real person. Their flesh is simply the house their soul lives in, their spirit is their personality, their soul is their being. What does it mean then to lose, or not possess one’s soul? It means that it gets away from them, they lose control of their soul, meaning they lose control of themselves. They lose their zest for life, their drive for betterment, their joy, hope, and faith.

So, the Lord says: In your patience possess ye your souls. Even in light of uncertain and tumultuous times. Like today.

By the way, lest it be an oversight, consider one more word in the Lord’s advice - your. This is your responsibility, no one else’s. Your patience...your souls.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today enjoying sweet fellowship and standing on the promise of everlasting life.

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