Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us.
But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix. A patient person will remember that we generally prefer to be around someone who can wait well.
For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He has waited time after time for people to repent and work to make things right. And it’s something He still does for us today.
This month, let’s think about how:
(1) God has been patient with us since the very beginning. He waits patiently for us to come to back Him.
(2) The Bible challenges us to reflect patience in our lives with how we respond to circumstances that are out of our control.
(3) As we demonstrate patience, we begin to look more like Jesus. People around us will feel they can trust us to treat them gracefully while we’re waiting.
This week, we’re discovering:
In this week’s biblical principle, we learn the wisdom of being patient (Proverbs 14:29). A person who gets angry quickly often ends up looking foolish, but a person who is patient takes the time to make wise choices.
Our Bottom Line is: when you think you can’t wait, don’t lose your cool. We can work hard to keep control of our words, actions, and attitude while we wait. That way we can avoid doing something we might regret. In fact, we might even use the time while we’re waiting to do something helpful or productive.
The monthly memory verse is, “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV When our words, actions, and attitudes honor God while we wait, we show we trust Him and the people He’s put in charge. Remembering that trust will help us be strong even when we don’t understand why we’re waiting.
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