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Patience, Patience

In the Word

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14).

Of the Word

She thought she was mentally prepared for six weeks on crutches. Instead, she discovered she was not a “patient” patient. The wait for healing was intolerable and she was in constant pain. Her prayers turned into whining! Then a card arrived in the mail with a much-needed message: “Patience does not mean waiting. Patience is how we behave while we are waiting.”

We often give our request to God in faith, but forget the response will come in His time. Waiting for the Lord’s answer can be difficult. God knows how stubbornly impatient we can be! Perhaps that is why David, who wrote Psalm 27, instructs us twice in verse 14 to Wait for the Lord, as well as being strong and letting your heart take courage as you wait.

Our God is gracious and loving. He knows what is best for us and when the time is right. In a world that expects instant gratification, we can be witnesses to the faithfulness of our Lord by our confident patience and trust in Him.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, forgive my times of impatience. Instead give me the peace that passes all understanding as I wait with hope for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Mustard Seed: From Quiet Times to Noisy Love. Jan Struck, author. 20/30 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105.

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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