Quick – Give Me Patience!


The Bible says that it is as we learn to "wait patiently" before God that we receive His promises and help.

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)

"Lord give me patience – and give it me now!" Ever felt like that? We confess we have! Perhaps when the bus or train is late (yet again!) and you’re about to miss that appointment; or perhaps when the children just won’t be cooperative that day and you feel at the end of your tether; or perhaps when the photocopier in the office won’t work properly and you’re really in a hurry; or perhaps when we are trying to deal with someone who is quite difficult and they just aren’t being cooperative; at such times it is all too easy to become impatient.

When we find we are getting impatient, we need to slow down; to stop and to try to see things from God’s perspective. One of the best ways to do that is through prayer; but sometimes very practical things can help too. For example, one of Martin’s favorite books is a book of games to do while waiting. In our "instant" society, waiting doesn’t come easily to any of us; so he uses the book to help grow the Spirit’s fruit of patience in him. All of us need prayerful and practical ways to let the Spirit do this in us.

The Bible says that it is as we learn to "wait patiently" before God that we receive His promises and help. That’s what Abraham learned (who needed patience if anyone did, waiting for that child of promise); but the Bible says of him that, "after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised" (Hebrews 6:15).  And how can we be sure that God will give us patience as we call on Him? It is because He Himself is patient and loves to share what He is with us. The Bible speaks of "the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience" (Romans 2:4) – sufficient riches for us too!

Patience is all about being able to wait for things because we trust God. Today, as you turn to Him and trust Him, rest assured that He will bring you all you need for every situation.

Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. (Psalm 37:7, NLT)

© Copyright 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont

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