I don’t know about you, but I struggle with patience. When I start something, I want it finished right away. So much that my wife calls me “Over-do-it Mark.” And instead of being patient and figuring something out the right way (which usually takes longer in my mind), I push through with frustration and even sometimes anger just so I can finish. However, most of the time I end up completely ruining whatever I was working on because I wasn’t patient. Not only do I have to go back and fix what I messed up but now have to learn the right way to do it. In the end, I spent way more time than I needed. If only I had patiently waited to do it right the first time.
Doesn’t this relate to our relationship with God? He calls us to be patient, but we want the instant gratification. We think we know best and we can do it ourselves. But God is trying to teach us along the way and wants us to hold out for something greater. He is giving us an opportunity to strengthen our character. We need to realize it’s not just about the destination but the growth in the journey.
Some of you may be looking for a spouse. It’s very tempting to settle and slap a Band-Aid on that loneliness; however, God may have someone even greater for you right around the corner. You may just need time for God to prepare you for one another. Don’t forgo the best for instant good. Hold out.
Some of you might be going through a trying time right now and you need to be patient. Let God teach you something during this time. There are no shortcuts to the great things God has for your life. Be patient, there’s worth in the wait.
Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14 (NASB)
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. – Proverbs 14:29 (NIV)
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