Ping Homilies: Patience
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.