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.

The Reality of Our Circumstances

Lam 3:22-26
22  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.   KJV

In the midst of the current world situation, it is good to look at the reality of circumstances and remember a promise of the Lord such as this one.

What is the reality of our circumstances?

Reality must be defined from which perspective one wishes to consider it. In the natural, my current reality is that our income has been slashed in half. Add to that the word of the Lord to our hearts to move to a more costly part of the country, and nothing makes sense. Not only are we in a more costly region, we are in a high-poverty area of that region.

Jobs are scarce and factories are closing. People are frightened.

As I consider the natural from this light, it would be easy for me to become frightened also.

But, there is one aspect of our reality that sometimes gets overlooked as we reach for the panic button: “we are not consumed.”

Why? Because of the Lord’s mercies; because His compassions fail not.

Not only do His compassions not fail, they are new every morning.

That is a different reality, one that I would do well to make my constant view.

But when I look at my situation, it is easy to forget–ie, be unaware of the fact–that I made it through the night. I’m still here! I am not consumed. The world has not beat me. I’m ready to go again.

What is my portion? Is it a paycheck upon which I cannot depend?

NO!

The LORD is my portion!

He is good to me because I wait for Him. I seek Him; to know Him; to be more like Him.

Are you quietly waiting? Or, are your complaints, whinings, and fears screaming too loudly to hear His voice say: It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.(v. 26)

Yes, it is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.