30 Words Daily Devotion
WORD 11 - PATIENCE
“You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.”
Waiting, waiting, and more waiting …
Waiting is something all of us do in life. And while some people like to claim that waiting is a great learning experience, in reality it feels more like a mental and emotional torture chamber.
If you can’t tell … I dislike waiting. I’ve never been good at it. I’ve always liked to get things done as soon as possible and at a time that was most convenient to my schedule. In my impatience, what I fail to realize is that the fourth fruit of the Spirit is patience (Gal 5:22).
Christians are not called to be impatient people. Technically, the more we allow the Spirit to be active in our lives, the more patient in turn we should become.
Over the years I’ve grasped that life doesn’t revolve around me. Time does not click in parallel to my heart. And what I think, what I’m impatient about, will never be more important than what God already knows. Never in all of history has anyone rushed ahead of God’s plan and experienced an outcome that was better than what God had in store. From time to time it might seem like things turn out well when we plow ahead full-throttle, but whatever reward we find will definitely be empty, shallow, and short-lived in comparison to the thing that God had originally mapped out for us.
Think back to the last time you were in a waiting room. Maybe there were comfy couches, free sodas, and really fast wi-fi. If so, you’re lucky. I have to say, most of the waiting rooms I’ve been in have harsh fluorescent lighting, old magazines, plastic chairs, and a faint smell you can’t quite place but wish would go away. You know … the black hole of all rooms.
Waiting rooms aren’t places where I like to spend time. But regardless of what the room is like, I’m usually there for a good reason. I can’t really think of any waiting room that wasn’t the step before hearing something of substantial value.
My point is: Don’t expect anything truly valuable to come out of a speedy process. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but realistically, it won’t. In fact, Scripture promotes this (Jas 5:7–11).
Life is a waiting room, and patience is key for appreciating the experience. Don’t be in a rush to move forward when God might want you right where you’re standing. Waiting rooms are only temporary. The benefit of patiently following God’s plan for your life is eternal.
VERSE OF THE DAY
“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5).
Any time you feel impatience creeping within your bones, recite Proverbs 21:5 and pray for God to gift you with the blessing of patience. As Charles Spurgeon wrote, “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
- Does today’s society and way of living encourage us to be patient?
- Discuss activities that require an incredible amount of patience.
- Why does Scripture teach us that patience is such a vital part of our faith?