Believe Buzz — Week 26 — Patience

believe_bulletin-cover-week-26Drivers in our group acknowledged their impatience when a light turns green, and the person  ahead of us doesn’t  yet notice!  A child asked his mother “Mommy, how come the idiots only seem to come out when Daddy drives?”

We pondered how God is patient with us, not  wanting anyone to perish.  The illustrations of David waiting upon God’s timing to become king are amazing.  No one argued with David’s suggestion that, while Bob Knight did some good things, he was not the most patient man on the planet!

We considered how God healed a number of others with thorns in the flesh, but not Paul.   II Cor. 12 includes an amazing passage:  God’s power is made perfect in (our) weakness.  We don’t have to be ‘strong’ for God to use us.  We may often desire success and health so that we may “Give of (Our) Best to the Master”, to give of the strength of our youth.  Are we willing to give our weaknesses, our frailties, our Heart Disease, cancer and Parkinson’s as well?   The hymn “Just as I Am”  is a humbling reminder to us.

What a great God we serve!

We discussed the different ways and times in which we are impatient. We answered the question, “Is there ever a time that it is good to be impatient?”, as no. God teaches us patience as a character builder, the example being the story of David and King Saul as told in 1 Samuel 24. Verse 4 “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.'” This can be read as a 2 ways; one as God giving Saul to David to kill as his men interpreted, but also as a test of judgement for David to show wisdom and treat Saul with respect, thus proving his loyalty both to Saul and God. Patience does get easier as we get older and with practice. I’ll share this quote from “Abraham” by F.B. Meyer; “If God told you on the front end how long you would wait to find the fulfillment of your desire or pleasure or dream, you’d lose heart. You’d grow weary in well doin. So would I. But He doesn’t. He just says, ‘Wait. I keep My word. I’m in no hurry. In the process of time I’m developing you to be ready for the promise.”