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by Norman P. Grubb

The next observation that I make concerning faith is that there is an element of patience in it. Hebrews 6:12 says, “Be followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” I don’t like the word “patience” because it is a feminine word. I prefer a masculine word. The masculine word for “patience” is “endurance,” what we in England call “guts.” Sorry you are not quite so rude in America, I’m sure. Endurance! You get the idea. “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1). No, let us run with endurance, endurance. It is the idea that it costs you something—you have to go through. Patience gives us too much the idea of passivity. Of course, there is an element of passivity in it because there is the element of giving up to Him, but having given up to Him now you go on with Him, by Him.

Meekness has soldierhood in it. It is only that meekness means that, instead or relying on yourself and your judgment and your way, you are relying upon Him. That’s what meekness is. Meekness is transferring yourself to Himself. That is all meekness is. Then you go forward.

And so there is this element of “through faith and endurance inheriting the promises.” Now I can’t say—well, perhaps we can say why it is, but one can’t time limit it—the reason why sometimes, perhaps very often, we do not get the inner assurance as soon as we believe is because the faith isn’t perfect. I told you before that it is a law of faith that faith has its own witness; faith bears its own evidence. When I really believe, as I do naturally believe, that I have a book in my hand, it is its own evidence to me. I don’t have to say I believe I have a book. It is its own evidence to me.

So perfect faith has its own evidence . . . is its own evidence. Therefore when I haven’t the evidence within me it means that I haven’t perfect faith. Well, I mustn’t be alarmed. I must just plod on because it means that there are elements in me that are not yet clarified on this faith matter and I say, “I believe,” but actually I am not quite really believing. That is the bottom of it. But in the end faith is a Divine impartation. It is the gift of God. So there is a sense when that light must come from Him. But we can’t press that.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “The Obedience of Faith”