Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Patience Please!

Psalm 46:10  "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I .will be exalted in all the earth."

There are a bunch of Scriptures that we have trouble with.  But I think that we have trouble with this one the most.  Let's face it, we are not very good at waiting are we?

The society that we live in has conditioned us to think we need things instantly.  Instant messaging, texting, microwave ovens, and even email. I remember when I was a kid, my pappaw was teaching me the fine art of hunting rabbits.  If you have ever been hunting, you know that it requires great patience.  The dogs would hit a trail and the barking would start.  I thought that meant that any second the rabbit would pop into view and bang, we would be eating rabbit for supper.  I quickly learned though, that just because a dog starts to bark, that does not mean a rabbit would appear.  What the barking meant was that the dogs had picked up a scent.  They still needed time to work to get the rabbit from where it is hiding, once they found the rabbit, they would work it back to us, then we would shoot and eat the rabbit later that day.  The patience paid off in the end, we had some of the best family dinners I can remember.  The dogs did not work on our time, they worked until the goal was met, the rabbit was found and food was on the table.  In hunting, it requires great patience.  The reward was well worth the patience.  

When it comes to dealing with God, at times we think that He needs to work on our time table.  There is also a verse that says "a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years are as a day."  2 Peter 3:8.  God wants us to be patient.  When we are patient, good things happen.  We actually get to spend time in the garden with our Father.  Is there anything better in the world?  We cannot expect to spend quality time with God, if we are ruled by our cell phones, planners, and calenders.  Jesus, always spent time with His Father, quality time.  Remember, quality trumps quantity.  We cannot get quality if we are always in a hurry.

The challenge to myself this week and to you is to spend more time being patient and waiting on God.  Listening to what He has to say and then being obedient to what He wants us to do.  I'll have an order of patience, please.

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