Practicing Patience

Psalm 33:18   Look, the Lord takes notice of his loyal followers, those who wait for him to demonstrate his faithfulness

Patience–waiting for the Lord to demonstrate His faithfulness.

What a forgotten concept in our modern insta-quick McDonalds society, where it seems everyone is in a hurry to be first, or at least to get in front of me.

Patience means that I might not be able to have it now.

Patience means that I may have to wait in line.

Patience means that the person in front of me might not be in as a big a hurry as I am, and no amount of blowing the horn will quicken his pace.

Patience means the trial I face today may be simply God’s way of getting me to notice that He still rules the universe–and that includes my universe, of which I falsely believe I am the center.

Hebrews 10:36 ESV – For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

The provision of the promise only comes after the proving of patience.

Question: How long must I wait for the Lord to demonstrate His patience?
Answer: As long as it takes.

James 1:4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Practice patience today. Wait. Go slowly. Park in the first available spot rather than looking for a ‘better’ one. Walk more slowly and consciously. Let someone in ahead of you,  even if they have more in their cart. Smile at the person who has more than 20 items in the express lane. Don’t use the express lane, and smile at the cashier whom you call by name because you’ve taken the time to notice his/her name tag.

Tell us about your learning experiences with having patience worked into your life.