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  • Writer's pictureJohn Phillips

Practice Patience

Have you noticed how drivers in our area have become more and more aggressive these days? Valerie and I just shake our heads and whisper silent prayers as we drive around town. It’s amazing to us that if you drive the legal speed limit, you’ll get run over by those drivers who seem to be in a big hurry to get wherever they’re going just a little faster!

You know, it got me to thinking; it isn't just the drivers around town that are impatient. A lot of us Christians struggle with impatience as we try to live the Christian life. God's timing is almost always different from ours, isn’t it? Yet, we go ahead, rev up our engines and go racing through life at breakneck speed, all because we just can't seem to wait on the Lord!

The Bible says in Isaiah 40:31:

"They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”

When we commit our way to the Lord, I mean really trust in Him, we are also submitting ourselves to His timing – and that almost always means learning to wait patiently on Him!

The Scriptures teach us that the greatest enemy of God's will is often our own impatience. Abraham and Sarah had been promised a son in their old age, but they thought God was taking too long and impatiently took matters into their own hands. Moses couldn't wait for God to deliver the people, so he tried to do it His way and ended up killing a man and being a fugitive in the desert for 40 years.

With each of these Bible characters, and also with us, God makes promises that He will keep if we’ll just wait on His timing. As we trudge on through this post-covid world, it’s easy to become impatient and want to rush things along. When we become impatient and rush things, we often ruin the very thing that God has planned for us! Folks, we’re not out of the woods yet, so let’s remain faithful and steadfast as we learn to wait on the Lord!

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