11 June, 2006

Don't Be Impatient

The follwing is another of my daily devotions from "The Word For You Today" from Bob Gass Ministries. I read this one tonight after church and wanted to share it with others. I hope it ministers to you as it did me. If there is one area I struggle with, it is with my patience level.

"Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect [mature] and entire, wanting nothing."
James 1:4
Just because it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean it won't, or that God has changed His mind. While you are waiting God is working.
The timing may not be right for Him to get the ultimate glory and you the ultimate benefit.
That's why James writes: "Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect [mature] and entire, [equipped] wanting nothing."

Impatience is a sign of immaturity.
Have you noticed that children can't wait for anything?
But a wise parent knows what's best.
God sets His watch to accomplish His purpose, not ours.

Paul writes:
We know that all things work according to his purpose" (See Ro 8:28).

When you clearly understand Gods purpose you won't permit things that are contrary to it, including hurry and worry. You'll also know how to allocate your time, your effort and your money where to go and where not to go.
God says, "I make known the end from the beginning" (Isa 46:10 NIV).

First God sets the goal, then He determines the steps that lead to it.
And what are we supposed to do while we are waiting?
Listen: "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior" (Hab 3:17-18 NIV).

Begin praising the Lord today for what He's going to do for you because He absolutely will come through for you!


ruthrap said...

I have a problem with patience also,always have. Jose, on the other hand, has the patience of Job! I guess that's a good thing, cause if niether of us had any patience, things could get ugly! Thanx for sharing, it'll give me something to ponder and maybe I can improve on being more patient!

Sylvia said...

I am not a patience person.When I want something I want it now.No I do not get it.But if we take a look around God has gave us so much.So I guess God has answered me in alot of ways,from a home,a family,a church,car,food,etc.And most of all my life.Thank You God.
Thank you Pastor for making me think about this.God I pray that you watch over our pastor and his family.

RevKev said...

It was good to hear from you. Thanks for adding a comment. Hope all is well in Illinois! Tell everyone hello!