Ping Homilies: Patience

Published: 25 February 2006 | 6 comments

As promised here is my first attempt at a Ping Homily. The theme of the week (well the past week) is on patience.

Patience is something that at times I can have a lot of and at others very little. I wouldn’t say that having patience is the easiest thing to do, especially in this day and age where things can be done quickly (for the most part) and everyone seems to want everything NOW and by now I mean like yesterday.

One of the people I think most people are not patient with is God. Face it we all want things to go our way and when they don’t we really want it to get better quickly.

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. – Psalm 40:1 NIV

And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. – Hebrews 6:15 NIV

I remember when I applied for the job I am currently at. I expected that I would get a response within a couple days or a week at most. Almost 2 weeks (I think) went by and I didn’t get a response. At that point I pretty much figured the job went to someone else and two classmates of mine actually laughed when I told them I hadn’t received a response but I still prayed about it. About two days after that I received a call saying that I got the job. I couldn’t believe it! God really did hear my prayer and though it wasn’t as quickly as I thought, he answered it.

God is asking us to be patient and wait on him. He truly hears our prayers and cries. When the time is right (God’s time) he will give you your answer.

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly. – Proverbs 14:29 NIV

Yup at times I’m quick-tempered. I really don’t like getting upset but when I do I feel really bad afterwards (doesn’t matter if I was wrong or right). And perhaps if I was a little more patient with the person or in the situation I wouldn’t have to feel that way. Once you get upset it’s quite easy to display your folly. You might say or do things that you wouldn’t normally do and in the process hurt someone. But as God’s chosen people what should we do, what type of people should we be?

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:12-13 NIV

I pray that we will all be able to display Godly patience and that we will be able to clothe ourselves not just with patience but with other Christ-like characteristics as we should.

May the Lord fill you with his love and bless you with the good desires of your heart.

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gravatar Robert — 28 February 2006

Another great post and homily Yannick! I always enjoy reading your posts.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 5 March 2006

Sorry for the late response. Thanks Robert. Yours was really nice also.

gravatar Cherry Chin — 26 March 2006

Be patient my child, God is with you. Keep trusting him and look up to him.
Blessings!
CC

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 26 March 2006

Thank you Auntie Cherry. :D

gravatar Mecia — 4 April 2006

I have been going through a rough break up and I seriously need patience. It has already been 3 months and still going. Recently I found out that my Boyfriend of 3 years has cheated on me with 3 other women. One in particular that he grew to become really good friends with and may end up with in the end and She has herpes. I am so hurt and continuously cry about it…I’ve been tested and fortunately do not have it.(Please continue to pray that I do not find out that I do have it) But almost everyday I cry and he (the boyfriend) tells me that he loves me and still thinks this can work, but still holds on to this other girl. I keep saying GOD today I put it in your hands and then I mess up and try to put it right back in mine. I just really want it all to be over…but being patient is HARD…I just ask that everyone pray for me. Please pray for me…I’ve asked many to pray for me , but I just feel like I must continue to suffer. It is hard for me to let go of him (the boyfriend) I just want him to stop hurting me and be truthful…but he won’t I want all this pain to stop. I still feel like it’s the first day I found it…

love your sister in Christ who is suffering

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 5 April 2006

Wow Mecia, I must say you caught me a bit by surprised. In any case, I have to say that I know it’s tough to be patient but, keep being patient:

Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him…- Psalm 37:7

I don’t think that he can honestly say he (the boyfriend) loves you and still be holding onto the other girl. It just doesn’t sound right one bit.

I encourage you Mecia, not to give up on the Lord. Your pain will be removed, I am sure of that.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. – Proverbs 3:5-8

You need to put it in God’s hands and let it stay in his hands. Through Him and only Him will this situation get better and through Him and only Him will you get the help and freedom you need.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

Rest assured I will be praying for you and I am sure other readers will be too.

Mecia, may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.

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