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19 June 2023 ‘It is better to be patient than powerful.’ Proverbs 16:32 GNT

The Bible says that when we pray, God can answer instantly. But nowhere in the Bible are we promised ‘instant patience’. Patience is a quality of character, and character is built over a lifetime of walking with God through good times and bad times. One Bible teacher says, ‘Patience is just faith taking its time.’ Here’s how God develops patience in us: 1) Interruptions. You sit down to eat dinner and your phone starts ringing. You’re in the shower and someone comes to the door. You’re quickly working to meet a deadline and visitors arrive. It’s said that when Brahms was writing his famous ‘Lullaby’, he encountered so many interruptions, it took him seven years to compose the piece. Someone even joked, ‘When you’re writing a lullaby, you need all those interruptions to keep you from falling asleep at the piano.’ 2) Delays. We hate to wait. We have a microwave mindset – we want what we want – in seconds. We have fast food, quick-cook pasta, and instant coffee. We’re like the person who prayed, ‘Lord, give me patience, and give it to me right now!’ 3) Irritations. Long queues, lost keys, late buses, phone calls where we’re kept on hold, flat tyres, occupied bathrooms, traffic jams…the list is endless. The Bible says, ‘Impatience will get you into trouble’ (Proverbs 19:2 GNB). Instead, let’s think about the patience of Job, who said, ‘All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come’ (Job 14:14 NIV). Pray about it, exercise patience, and be confident in God!


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