BUT COULD YOU HURRY UP, LORD?
…that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those
who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Last year, my church was privileged to have Lynda Randle of the Gaither Homecoming fame share her heart and voice with us. She was super. I was able to meet her two daughters, Joy and Patience. Now I have heard of lots of people named Joy… but never anyone named Patience. What a name to live up to.
Patience is something we all tend to struggle with. Waiting on God is one of the hardest things to do. Often, we will believe God and trust God for a miracle… but we want it NOW! In our waiting, we can easily get stressed out, frustrated and discouraged because God is not moving as fast as we think He should. Who hasn’t been there?
The truth of the matter is this: God is never late… and never in a hurry. He is always right on time. He quietly whispers, “Be patient, my child. Wait on Me, and I will answer in mighty power… at just the right moment.”
FAITH AND PATIENCE
Faith and patience go together. The one who believes God… and patiently waits on God is the one who receives from God. Abraham and Sarah were promised a son. They were old and childless when the promise came. Obviously, they were excited and ready for God’s promise to come to fruition, but they had to wait… and wait… and wait. Nearly 30 years passed before God gave them Isaac, the son of promise. The Bible says, “Yet, with respect to the promise of God, he [Abraham] did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what He had promised, He was also able to perform” (Rom. 4:20-21). Abraham grew closer to the Lord as He waited on His good promise to come to pass.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Have you gotten tired of waiting for your miracle? Tired of waiting for Mr. or Ms. Right? Tired of waiting for your healing… or your deliverance… or your promotion… or your dream to become reality? Could it be that you have secretly given up on your promise from God?
If you have quit on your promise, pick up the towel of defeat and get back in the waiting room! Add patience to your faith. God’s promise to you will come to pass in His timing… and you will be so glad that you waited for it!
For further help on developing a patient heart, click here to view the sermon THE WAITING GAME.
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Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for almost 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls.
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