How To Be Patient With God
Here is your Daily Devotional Prayer for November 22, 2016 brought to you by The Plough
“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.”
Lord our God, hear our prayer and reveal your hand in our days. May those things be done that bring your future nearer and that let the world see you as the Savior who can lead us to our Father. Bless your Word within us. May our hearts be strengthened, and may we always live in your presence. We draw our life from your Word, from your promise, and we set our hope on you, our Lord and Savior. Show your might, Lord Jesus, and carry out the will of God over all the world, so that we may rejoice when we see God’s glory appear and his will being done on earth as in heaven. Amen.
Daily Commentary: As Christians, learning how to be patient is something we’re not very good at. We want things now and when we don’t get it we complain. We haven’t yet learned to fully understand the phrase “Patience is a virtue” and that God delivers in His own time.
We’re stuck in a time warp… waiting for our savior to come and still trying to live in this world of sin. It isn’t easy but the benefits of being patient far outnumber the drawbacks. We read it in Romans 2:7 that “Those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality.” David Mathis, pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, says, “Patience is the companion of humility and the enemy of pride.”
This is what happens to people when they try to push God to give them what they want right now. We’ve all heard the phrase, “In His own time” but how many of us are willing to wait? Pastor David goes on to say, “But part of waiting is the conscious hardship. We taste the bitter pill of patience and feel it slither ever so slowly down our throat.” It’s also been said that “Good things come to those that wait.”
Waiting is something God wants us to to do because in that time between what we want and what we receive, He is teaching us valuable lessons about life and His glory. That’s why we teach our own children how to be patient so they will see the wisdom in their own brand of patience.
God is patient with us. Remember, Adam and Eve were the first sinners and he’s waited all this time to perfect us in His image yet we still rebel against His love. In 2 Peter 3:9 we get a glimpse of God’s patience with us. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
The more we start practicing patience, the easier it becomes to understand why patience is necessary to know God. You may not like it but God has plans for you and through His patience they will be fulfilled!
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