Lamentations 3:26 Wait Quietly

Waiting quietly on a swing

It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26 

Waiting for something to happen is something that is not easy or fun to do for most people. People do not like to wait. They want things or their answers right now. No matter how fast it is, they want it just a little bit faster.

In the process of waiting for the answer, many people like to complain. They will complain about why it is taking so long to get the answer, complain about the struggle they are in, complain why others have it ‘easier’ than they do, and many other things to complain about. They are not quiet about the fact that they are having to wait.

Jeremiah tells the people that it is good to wait quietly for God’s answer, the salvation that was promised. He had spoken this while in exile and knowing that there was a promise to be returned out of exile.

Believers are not much different from those in the world with regards to complaining. They do not like to wait either. People pray to God for an answer, and immediately begin to complain because they did get the answer they were expecting right away.

Just as the Israelites groaned and complained in the desert, people moan and complain today because they have to go through some struggle or difficulty and God has not removed it from them.

As one complains, it is showing that he is not trusting in God’s better judgement of the situation. He is not relying upon God’s strength to make it through the situation.

Waiting implies trust. It is telling God and others that one believes what God has said in His word that He would meet all of his needs according to His riches in glory.

While you are going through a difficult situation, the first thing to do is pray to God about it. Then wait quietly trusting that God will guide you and help you in and through the situation.

Do not allow yourself to be disgruntled and begin to complain to and against God, because the situation was not dealt with immediately. Know that God’s timing is best and He will provide the needed salvation at the perfect time.

Just as you must wait until you are brought into heaven for eternity, you must wait here on this earth for salvation from some troubles. Give God praise while you wait quietly for His salvation.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will quietly wait for God’s provision; and that you will know God’s promises to you. 

Fruit Of The Spirit: Forbearance/Patience

Patience on blackboard

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 

Over the last few weeks I have looked at the fruits of the Spirit–love, joy and peace. Now I will be looking at forbearance or patience. The NIV translates the word as forbearance, while many other translations translate it as patience. Both carry the meaning of holding up under pressure or during trouble without anger, anxiety, or frustration.

Patience is something that is not often seen in this fallen world. Things cannot happen fast enough. No matter how fast something is, in a short time people want it to be faster.

Take a look at computers and how fast they are today compared to forty years ago and yet, people complain that they are not fast enough. Or look at the speed of driving down the road. Regardless of how high the speed limit is, there are some who will drive faster.
Frustrated with computer

The patience in these situations are just with things. People are also lacking in patience when it comes to life situations. Promotions do not come fast enough, someone does not return a text or phone call fast enough, a person is not checking out fast enough, and the list goes on indefinitely.

Others are also not patient with themselves. They did not learn fast enough, they did not change fast enough. They were not successful enough or some other fault that they see in themselves.

For many believers a lack of patience is found in waiting for a person to change a habit or for God to answer a prayer.

In all of these ways and many more people are not patient.

The bible is filled with examples of people who were patient and those who were not patient. Joseph was given a vision of him being a ruler. Before that came about he was thrown into slavery and into prison. But after many years of patience, he became the second in power over Egypt, only under Pharaoh.

Empty prison cells

David was anointed to be the next king of Israel. He had to run for his life for many years before he became king. He had multiple opportunities to seize the throne, but he would not take it by force. David waited for God to hand it to him. He waited in patience for God to move.

Job went through may trials and a lot of loss in his life. Yet, he waited patiently for God to restore him and stop the trials. He refused to curse God in his struggles, even when he did not understand what was going on or why it was happening.

The ultimate example of patience is Jesus:

For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2b-3

The ‘enduring’ in these verses is patience. It is putting up with trouble and keep going forward without anger or frustration.

Snowy mountain

Jesus had taken on the all the sin of every person for all time and the anger of God the Father’s wrath against that sin so that you and I could have forgiveness and life. As He did that, He did not complain or murmur. He took with patience and love.

Now with describing patience from the bible and examples of how patience was displayed, what does that mean for you and I?

Good thing you asked! We are to live our lives just as Jesus lived His…with patience. So what does that look like?

Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9

If one is patient, he will not be quickly provoked to anger. In other words he will not get angry when someone does something wrong or does not change like he thinks they should.

Roaring bear

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

It takes a lot of patience to keep doing what is good and right. This is especially true if the person who you are doing good to is not grateful or despises you. Be patient because there is a reward for you from God if you do not give up.

Wrong way sign

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

God is love and we are to be like God—love. Everything that we say and do or do not say or do not do must be done out of love for God and for others. When we have the enduring perfect love of God in our hearts, we WILL be patient with ourselves and with others.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

When you are anxious about anything, you are not at peace. Something is wrong and you are worried about it and striving to change it. Instead of being anxious bring it to God with thanksgiving and allow Him to deal with it and guide you through the situation. Relax and be at peace about it, rather than uptight and anxious. God is in control, let Him be.

Anxious lady

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 

You will have afflictions, sicknesses and problems, Jesus promised that you will have trouble. Be patient. It will not last forever, though it may feel like it at the moment. Hold on and be patient because God is in control and is bringing you through the situation.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7

People will do wicked things. Good people in the church will do mean things or wrong things. Be patient and wait for God to move. Don’t forget God is in control of every situation. He sees what is going on. Be patient as you wait for Him to take care of the situation.

Control room

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

You do have faults, but God is working on you to fix them. He is building you into the image of Jesus. Do not be so harsh and impatient with yourself, but keep moving forward in Jesus with His Holy Spirit growing and changing daily. God will finish the work in you He set out to do. Be patient with yourself.

There are many other verses throughout the bible that talk about patience. Take the time to look them all up.

Seek God in learning to have the patience that the Holy Spirit can bring into your life. In order to get it, remember that you will have to go through some tough struggles challenging your patience. You cannot learn patience without a struggle against it. People and situations will challenge you.

Satan does not want you to be patient, but to blow your top and get angry, causing you to say and do things that are sinful. He wants you to fail and he will do what he can to bring that about.

Hold onto God and be led by His Holy Spirit and you will have patience.

Holding bars

When you are bearing His fruit of love, you will have joy. When you are bearing the fruit of joy, you will have peace. When you are bearing the fruit of peace, you will have patience or forbearance. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and bear His fruit. It is worth.

Thank you for continuing with me on this journey of looking at the fruit of the Spirit. Please feel free to share this with someone who can use it. Any comments or thoughts will be appreciated.

Next week I will be looking at kindness. I hope to see you then.

Proverbs 19:11 Wisdom Produces Patience

Patience in fishing

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11 

Being offended by someone is something that can occur very easily. In today’s society it is more common to hear about someone being offended by something than someone who is not being offended.

People are trying to erase the dark side of America’s history, because they are offended by it. There were things that were said and done that were wrong. Today if you talk about that past, many will get offended.

Those who get offended often put up a fight. They want to strike back and make a change. Often it is done immediately with no thought about what was said. There is rarely any thought given as to why something was said or done, other than it was offensive.

Those getting offended does not just confine itself to those in the world, but inside the church. Believers get offended by other believers, or even non-believers. The reality is that the offense is just someone making a bad choice.

Solomon points out another value of wisdom. Wisdom will bring about patience in a person. That patience will cause a person to overlook an offense.

Wisdom helps a person to realize the truth behind an offense. It can give the person eyes to see how bad the offense really is.

Most often the offense is does no real damage. It is also often done out of ignorance. Many people do not always know what will offend another and just say or do things that could be seen as offensive.

Rather than striking back immediately, wisdom will cause a person to stop, think about it, and realize the offense was just words. There is no real harm being done.

One does not need to take offense. He must have patience and guide the person onto the right track. Rather than fighting back, he must overlook it.

You will have times where you will get offended by someone. Someone will say or do something that offends you. You will have a choice to make.

Do not be like the world and strike back or try to offend the person. Be willing to love and forgive as Jesus forgave you. Look past the offense and see why the person is the way he is.

This is where wisdom comes in. It is knowing how to best use the knowledge you have. Knowing that the offense is only a light and momentary trouble, not worth fighting.

I pray today that God will fill you with His wisdom; that God will help you see people as He sees them; that God will give you His patience with other people; that you will turn to God for strength when you get offended; and that you will love others as God loves them. 

Psalm 40:1 Waiting Patiently

Impatient waiting

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 

Having to wait is something that is seen everywhere one has to go. One has to wait in traffic, wait in lines in the stores and often, even in the banks. Waiting in line at a restaurant or waiting for the food. At home people are waiting for a check to be deposited, waiting for someone to get home, waiting for an answer to something, waiting for the computer to start up.

Waiting is extremely common. Some will wait patiently, but many will get agitated or angry with the waiting. They want things right away. Things can never be fast enough.

David said that he waited patiently for the Lord to answer him. God did turn and listen to his cry.

Waiting is no different for believers. They cry out to God for an answer and then have to wait for Him to answer them. In the mind of the person, the situation is critical with no time to waste. The answer is needed right away, yet, God does not always answer right away.

This is where waiting patiently comes in. This shows that the believer is trusting God and His timing. It is letting go of the situation and letting God have complete control, whether it feels like God is in control or not.

As one is waiting patiently, there is no anxiety or worries. There is no fear or anger. He does not allow himself to shut down and try to get off the roller coaster of life. It is continuing to move forward in life worshipping and serving God and doing what one can do. It is knowing that God will answer at the perfect time, in His own way.

There will be times in your life when you are going to go through a struggle that appears to be overwhelming you. You will be crying out to God for help or direction. As you cry out, it is silent. God does not immediately answer your call for help.

You have two options, you can be scared and angry at God, or you can wait patiently knowing He knows what is best. Waiting patiently removes all stress and fear. It is trusting God completely in the situation and waiting for His answer.

God will always answer you in the best way at the perfect time. Wait patiently for that answer.

I pray today that you will seek God in every situation; that you will trust God’s answer to every situation; that God will fill you with His peace; and that you will be patient in waiting for God’s answer. 

Psalm 33:20 Waiting In Hope

Waiting patiently

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20 

The world is always seeking how to make things better. Doctors and scientist are spending billions of dollars searching for ways to bring about cures to various sicknesses. Others are fighting for ways to clean up the environment to save nature and mankind.

Challenges in this world are so great that many do not have much hope. They cannot see any real solutions to most of the problems that are being faced. Death and sickness is so great that people cannot see around the problems and want to give up. They have no joy in their lives because they no longer have any hope.

David knows that there is a hope that the world does not know of. His hope was in the Lord. It is only God who can help and be the needed shield.

Believers are not any less susceptible to problems and challenges in life than the rest of the world. Every day they face many of the same problems that non-believers face.

The difference between the believer and the non-believer is that the believer has a hope that is real. This is not a hope, like ‘I hope this will happen’, but a hope that says, ‘I KNOW this WILL happen’. Every believer know that Jesus and the Father are true to their word. They will do what they said they will do.

Two of the things God said He would do is be the needed help and shield for those who put their trust in Him. God helps the believer by removing the situation or giving him strength to make it through the situation. He puts a hedge of protection around the believer protecting him from being destroyed spiritually. His salvation is secure and for eternity, unless one gives it up.

While these things may not have occurred yet, the believer knows that they will happen in God’s time.

You also can have this assurance in God. God has never failed yet and he will not start now with you. He will always be there to help you in your time of need. God will help you in the best way possible for eternity, regardless of how it looks in the here and now.

As you put your trust in Jesus, He will shield you from losing the salvation He has given to you and that you have accepted.

Rejoice and keep waiting on the Lord.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you know the hope you can have in God; that you will know the help God provides you; that you will see God’s shield in your life; and that you will rejoice in God.