"Dee's Thoughts"

We can all identify with 'impatience' can't we? Especially when we want something, it can be most difficult if we have to wait very long for it.

The opposite of 'impatience' is 'endurance'. what does it mean to endure? To endure means to 'bear with patience; to bear without opposition or sinking under the pressure'. it also means to 'last; to continue in the same state without perishing; to remain; to abide.'

Endurance is not something we can somehow rise up to, it is God who gives us the ability to endure. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-7. The believer finds an inner strength that enables one to hold up under persecutions and hardship. 2 Timothy 2:3

Even though it is God who gives endurance, patient endurance remains one of the virtues by which Christian character can be measured. 2 Cor 1:6

The Scriptures tell of a King who also paid a high price for his impatience. Eager for God to bless the Israelites in their battle against the Philistines, Saul acted impatiently. When Samuel did not arrive at the appointed time to offer a sacrifice for God's favor, Saul became impatient and disobeyed God's command (1 Sam 13:8-9, 13). Impatience led Saul to think he was above the law and to take on an unauthorized position of priest. He thought he could disobey God without serious consequences. He was wrong.

Saul's refusal to wait for the development of God's plan caused him to act in haste, and in his haste he lost his way. (Prov 19:2). His impatience was the ultimate display of a lack of faith.

We don't always see God's plan just laid out before us, but He will give us just enough of His plan to take us to the next step. It is up to us to follow Him step by step and to do what He tells us to do. The rest is up to Him and before you know it you will find yourself looking back and being in awe of just how far you have really come. 

Be patient you are not alone and your trials are not for nothing. 

Dee Johnston