Monday, May 3, 2010
What is patience with God? ........
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:2
Be patient. What is patience with God? It means trusting God that He is in control, and being willing to wait with a good attitude for His resolution.
Abraham was a man of faith many years ago; God had promised that He would have a son. Abraham had to wait many years for God’s promise to be fulfilled.
How about you? Are there things in your life that you are praying for...that you want...that you are waiting for? You could complain, and be impatient and unhappy...or you could ask God to help you wait with a cheery attitude. Sometimes that is hard — and you may have to wait for a while to see God provide. But the Bible says “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When God gives us faith, we are able to trust Him to bring to pass what is good in our lives — even if it takes longer than we would like.
While we are waiting on God, it is a great time to build our character. You can ask God to help you be kind to others; to love God; to have a smile on your face; to have a cheerful disposition, even while you are waiting. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”
So, this week, let us pray that
* God will help us wait patiently for Him in what He is doing in our lives
* God will protect and care for our World
* God will enable us to present the gospel to everyone on planet earth