Instant patience in a jar
February 2, 2007
At the moment i am having to wait on God for an answer to something, the only trouble is i’m rubbish at being patient and it can be painful.
Life is full of opportunities to practise patience… whether it’s a spouse being slow, waiting for exam results to arrive, or enduring the frustration of a breakthrough you’ve been interceding for taking a long time to come about.
Our instant culture of microwave meals, replies to emails in split seconds means we come to expect everything whenever we want it or desire it – self control doesn’t seem to feature! If you desperately want something enough you will wait for it, and grow through the waiting process.
I have a tendency to try and rush things ahead of time, but just as taking a cake out before it’s fully baked would cause your stomach to be unhappy, so too rushing God for an answer can result in pain, hurt, anger and things going wrong. I’m reminded of those verses often read at funerals about there being a time for everything.
Abraham waited til he was seriously old before what God promised him came about -that he would have many descendants. His son is married at a late age… he waited 80 yrs for descendants to be born. Don’t give up. Keep waiting because God will come through. It may be hard and you may doubt God’s hand in the situation, but He is faithful and will come through!