If you’ve ever planted anything you know that the seeds or plants need several things to survive: the right amount of energy (sun), sustenance (water), climate, and time. Growing patience requires the same components. Patience develops when our belief in God (energy), and faith in all that He provides (sustenance), increases and through increased prayer (climate and time).
From Streams in the Desert, “I suspect the source of every bit of sorrow in my life can be traced to simple unbelief. If I truly believe that the past is totally forgiven, the present is supplied with power, and the future is bright with hope, how could I be anything but happy?
Yes, the future is bright, because of God’s faithfulness. His abiding truth does not change with my mood, and he never wavers when I stumble and fall over a promise of His through my unbelief. His faithfulness stands firm and as prominent as mountain peaks of pearl splitting the clouds of eternity. And each base of His hills is rooted at an unfathomable depth on the rock of God.” -James Smetham
The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” -1 Samuel 3:10
Prayer without faith quickly degenerates into an aimless routine or heartless hypocrisy. However, prayer with faith brings the omnipotence of God to the support of our petitions. Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except those things outside the will of God. -Streams in the Desert
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. -Psalm 37:7-9
Tomorrow and Friday: Dealing with Difficult People. Do you know any of those? Sometimes we come across them, sometimes we are one…we’ll explore what the Bible says about dealing with difficult people.