The one about waiting...

If you are anything like me you can be quite inpatient sometimes. Adamant that my timing is better than God's own- but it never is.

One important lesson I learned on my journey is the virtue of patience. When everything is going my way, I am perfectly capable of demonstrating patience. When something goes wrong, suddenly it seems a little harder to pull off.

This is something we all need to acknowledge and work on. The Bible describes patience as a "fruit of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22) which shall be granted for all followers in Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

There are some mighty examples of patience in God's timing shown in the Bible. Abraham being one of them- he showed exemplary patience in waiting for God's promise to be fulfilled. (Hebrews 6:15) 

Of course, Jesus Himself demonstrated patience and endurance.

Looking at Hebrews 12:2;

"Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Jesus has shown nothing but patience and love. He suffered incredibly but endured all the pain, because He knew and had faith in the Father's promises.

How can we all be a little more like this?

First thing in my opinion has to be gratitude. Be thankful for all that you have and the gifts the Lord has blessed you with, for there is always someone out there with much less than you.

Being thankful for what you have reminds you that these are all simply earthly possessions. We should not love the material things of this world but only God Himself. 

We must always faithfully rejoice in God's will. (Philippians 4:4) His timing is perfect, if God doesn't want something for you just yet, then you really shouldn't want it either!

Because He promised you, it will happen, He is just waiting for the perfect time or opportunity!

We all know that God's promises always come true, that is why we must stay patient and faithful.

Looking at Romans 8:28;

"All things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

"All things" covers the things that test our patience also. 

So next time when things are looking sour, remember the proper Christian reaction. 

I have personally recognised, in my times of troubles, I respond with a knee jerk reaction. A rash, poorly thought out decision that leads to a short term solution- or delay is probably the better word for it. Just like our parliament often does!

I now consciously attempt to live through the Word of God, day and night, and I rejoice in His promises. All things considered, my life is like that of royalty. A roof over my head, food to eat and clothes to wear. Our God's promise here has never failed me, so I have no reason to doubt the bigger matters too now. 

 

All Blessings,

Michael 

 

Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness."
1 Thessalonians 5:14 "And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all."
Hebrews 6:15 "And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise."
Hebrews 12:2 "So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, rejoice."
 Romans 8:28 "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
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