Sunday, September 26, 2010

Patience

Patience. We all struggle with it to some degree, whether it’s checking out at the grocery store or waiting for the light to turn green. It’s a fruit of the spirit so it has to be important, right? Yes, but why is it important? Why does God want us to be patient? The answer just isn’t so simple. Patience is hard to come by, and this is (in my opinion) one of the character traits that many people, including myself, struggle with. Psalm 37:7 says “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” God knows that he has given us an amazing gift in his son and ultimately in his son. He tells us clearly here in this passage that if we wait for this gift and trust in him that he will give us this. He also warns us though that the world will look better and that it will seem like the people of this world have succeed as well in the things they pursue. We know though that this isn’t the case; that the worldly things only lead to destruction and to hell. A second verse in Proverbs 14:29 says, “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.” You see, God tells us that with patience we gain understanding and that we will be able to see and assess a situation before we jump right into it. If we have no patience and just jump right in, we could get ourselves into great trouble in many ways. So be patient and ask God to further your patience with the people you come into contact with each day as well as the situations that you might endure.

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