God is Patient

Love is patient.
1 Corinthians 13:4a
Once upon a time, the world was a little calmer than it is today. The morning news would be found in your driveway. Families could just be families before heading off to work and school. The morning was a time to reset and be ready for the day ahead.
 
But now, now things are a little different. We don’t get to grab the morning news, it grabs us. Instead of spending time with family, we spend time with Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Every single time we hear a ding or feel the vibration on our phones, someone or something is vying for our attention. Keurig’s make coffee easier than grabbing a glass of water. None of these things are inherently wrong, but if we aren’t careful, we can get caught up in the business of life – and we can lose the gift of patience.
 
If there was an opposite to patience, besides the word ‘impatient’, it would probably be ‘instant gratification’. We have become accustomed to getting what we want when we want it. Faster is better. Efficiency is king. Amazon is a great example of everything we have become so accustomed to recently. Once again, ordering something on Amazon isn’t wrong, but are we aware of what is happening to our patience?
 
Patience is most easily seen by our actions, but it truly is a matter of the heart. It’s one thing to show patience outwardly, yet God desires for us to be patient from the heart level. Not only does God desire this from us, he is also the one who has demonstrated this for us.
 
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8
 
What an incredible blessing. God doesn’t have to be patient with us, but he is. He isn’t the kind of God who is just appearing patient, yet secretly ticked off with us. This is the kind of patience that moved him to send his son to die on our behalf. It makes no sense, but this is the beauty of the gospel. God’s patience isn’t a thing of the past either; it’s still working as much now as it was when Jesus was dying for us.
 
God wants us to know him, and he is incredibly patient with this process. Rest in this truth. As we receive this undeserved patience, this is what truly helps our hearts practice this fruit of patience in our lives.
 
Questions for reflection:

  1. What are some areas in life that you have struggled to remain patient? Bring those before the Lord – let him know about it.
  2. In what ways has the Lord been patient with you? Spend some time praising him for his patience in your life.
Garrett Crown | Student Ministries Associate

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