by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday November 22, 2004
The Rewards of Patience
Photography has taught me a great deal about patience. I once spent four days waiting to photograph the Matterhorn in Switzerland - inclement weather was keeping the peak totally hidden. The last night of my stay, I went to sleep praying. Early the next morning, I opened my eyes to see that huge white mountain glistening against the pitch black sky. I hadn't even realized the inexpensive hotel we'd chosen had a view of the mountain!
Rather than waiting until we reach heaven to reward us, God sends many blessings to us now - particularly in response to our attitude of patience.
We see God at work. His way is the best way, and we become more aware of this when we observe Him working out His plan in our life.
We are able to achieve our objectives. The Lord knows the right moment to provide what we want or need. If we give up too soon or try to manipulate circumstances, we miss out on God's best for us.
We have God's favor. When we are patiently waiting for His will, then He can freely bless us. God certainly wants to pour out His love on our life.
The Lord has many rewards available to us when we abide patiently in His will. We will all face circumstances in which we are tempted to be impatient. What determines whether or not we express patience is the value we place on whoever else is involved - a brother, friend, co-worker, or God. Do you value Him enough to be patient with His timing?
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