Thursday, May 1, 2014
Willing to Wait
From the mundane to the profound moments of our lives—from waiting on traffic lights and elevators to the end of suffering or the fulfillment of dreams—life gives us no choice but to wait. Yet patience is becoming a rare quality in today’s world. How often do we complain when something doesn’t happen on the schedule we have in mind, or when some unforeseen obstacle prevents us from moving forward?
For those of us who call upon the name of Jesus, patience is a characteristic we should cultivate. No one is born with it—just look at a newborn baby! Rather, patience is spiritual fruit, which is developed over time (Gal. 5:22-23). Without it, we’ll never become the people God desires us to be or achieve what He’s planned for us to do.
Patience Is Essential for Every Aspect of Life.
Delays. God wants us to respond with calm acceptance to moments and seasons of waiting, while trusting in His sovereignty over every situation. Though the delay may seem annoying and senseless, the Lord uses these times to mature us. One of the first lessons a young child learns is how to wait. And our displays of irritation and anger are really just adult versions of childish tantrums. Each time you feel impatience rise up in your heart, remember that this is an opportunity to choose a mature response instead of acting like a spiritual toddler.
Read the entire article by Charles F. Stanley at the InTouch website.