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How patient are you? On a surface level, I suppose that question
has relevance. How patient are you with annoying people? Are you patient
when you are in a hurry? Or do you have the ability to delay gratification?
But really, I want to ask that question at a deeper level, do you have
the patience to wait on God's timing?
In his book, "In Search of Morality … Living a Fulfilled Life
from the Inside Out." Robert A. Schuller writes, "It may increase your
patience to realize that every minute you have is another gift from God.
The minute you are living through right now is a gift from God. So when
God tells you to wait for Him, He is perfectly within His rights. He is
asking you to give back to Him what He has already given to you."
We are only impatient if we think time belongs to us, but when
we know it belongs to God, we have the capacity to be patient. Are you
willing to trust in him when you are living in the middle of the story,
or do you want to fast forward to the end? Do you want to skip the struggle
to get to the resolution, or even in the struggle are you content to trust
in God, letting the unseen faith anchor you during troubling times?
The author of Hebrews put it this way, "Now faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
Are you a person of substance who can depend on the unseen, or are you
a shallow living Christian who must have resolution to all of life's struggles?
God is the same God in the beginning of the promise, during the
struggle and when He gives you the desire of your heart. God is good--all
the time. And all the time, God is good. Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ
is the same yesterday and today and forever."
And that you can depend on. God's will will be done. In His time.
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