"3 For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.”[a] 4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. 6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Today God gives us a gift: patience. The Open Bible NASB defines patience as the ability to bear trials without grumbling. We frequently need patience when time seems scarce and tasks seem abundant, when debt is high and money is low and when the storm is raging and night is at its darkest hour. However, God did not send Jesus to make life easier for all of us, but to make life more bearable, to give us security and to show us that even through the daily struggles of life, God is with us. Furthermore, not only that God is with us but that God is keeping us, protecting us and providing all of our needs. Today when you feel under pressure and your patience is running thin, pause for a moment, be still and seek God’s presence. For it is in God's presence that we find everything that we need. This day, let's pray for patience to penetrate our hearts and guide our actions.
Father, in this microwave society we live in today, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain a patient disposition. We desire to have things done our way and in our own time. Help us Lord to develop trust in Your timing and to have faith in Your plans. God we come to You today to ask that You help us develop more patience, that we may live in accordance with Your perfect timing.
*As you prepare to pray today, ask the Lord to reveal areas of your life where you could exercise more patience and then be intentional about developing a patient spirit in those areas.*