Patience

  We live in a world where things are delivered to us quickly.  We have become accustomed to not waiting for anything, yet we’re told to wait upon the Lord.  It is not that the Lord cannot deliver quickly, but that we need to reach an intensity in our life where we know that it came from the Lord, and we appreciate it when we get it.  We must wait for heaven.  While there are many blessings in the abundant life of the here and now, we also contend with pain and sorrows.  If in this life only we have hope, we are of all men most miserable, yet we have a glorious hope beyond this life, and it is for this cause the Bible says, “to die is gain.”  To patiently wait for heaven is necessary, but it is also necessary to be patient in the daily business of this life.  One of the things God has shown me, is that it takes a lot of patience to be the pastor of a church.  I have found that a pastor’s vision is usually a few years ahead of the congregation’s vision, and the challenge is to meet the people where they are and take them where God would have them go, with the fewest amount of casualties possible.  Family life requires a great deal of patience.  Most jobs require a certain amount of patience, if you are going to be able to stay with it over the long haul.  If you are not able to exercise patience, God is able to help you, but as strange as it may seem, God’s method for working patience into your life is through allowing difficulty to come your way.  It seems to me that it would be much easier to simply make the decision to “cool it” and just be patient.  Just be still and know that God is God.

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