Re: Be Patient As You Wait For Your Promise. Devotion from (Charlene Cares)
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Christina"
>of this to me in my devotions...and finally I am beginning to
> Be Patient As You Wait For Your Promise -
> "We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very
> end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to
> become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and
> patience inherit what has been promised. When God made his
> promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to
> swear by, he swore by himself, saying, "I will surely bless you
> and give you many descendants." And so after waiting
> patiently, Abraham received what was promised." Hebrews 6:11-15
> Abraham received what was promised by God. How well do you wait
> for things in your life? How well do you wait in line? How well
> do you wait on the telephone when they say, "Hold on, please?"
> How well do you wait in a traffic jam? How well are you waiting
> for your marriage to be restored? I believe that God is showing
> us His great patience so that men, women and children will come
> to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God wants your marriage
> restored, but His priority is to have your spouse saved.
> "The LORD is not slow in keeping his promise, as some
> understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone
> to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9
> God's patience is long-suffering, but we cannot take it for
> granted. God's patience is an expression of His love. The New
> Testament teaches us that God will search for us, but He allows
> each of us to make decisions, and He waits for us to come to our
> senses. Patience is often developed through hardships and
> through waiting.
> "So that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God
> for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and
> tribulations that you endure." 2 Thessalonians 1:4
> "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,
> serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
> faithful in prayer." Romans 12:11-12
> What is the meaning of "patience?" In the Vine's Complete
> Expository Dictionary, it is a noun, described, "Patience grows
> only in trials, under chastisement, under undeserved affliction,
> in fruit bearing, in running the appointed race. Patience
> perfects Christian character. Believers who become patient are
> strengthened with all power through His Spirit in the inward
> man." In the Nelson's Three-In-One Bible Reference Companion the
> meaning of "patience" is: "the ability to bear trials without
> In the New World Dictionary, patient is defined as, "Bearing or
> enduring pain, trouble, etc. without complaining or losing self-
> control; refusing to be provoked or angered, as by an insult,
> forbearing; tolerant; calmly tolerating delay confusion; able to
> wait calmly for something desired; steady, diligent; persevering."
> What powerful strong words.
> As you do your devotions, look up different words in an
> expository or standard dictionary. The dictionary magnifies and
> explains the word so that you can understand scriptures better.
> Christians need to display patience throughout our daily walk.
> Do we? I think that we live in a society where everything is
> instant. From instant breakfast, to going to a drive-thru for
> lunch, to buying dinner on the way home from work, we expect
> instant service. Think of how many things we can do so quickly
> in our society, including mailing a package overnight. If you
> are reading this devotional on your computer, you know that we
> are in the computer age where we can email someone in England or
> Singapore as quickly as I can email Bob in his office!
> Your marriage has fallen apart. Your spouse wants a divorce or
> has found someone else. You have cried out to the Lord and He
> says He will restore and rebuild your marriage, giving you
> promises, but be patient.
> "What? Me wait?" you say. Yes, be patient. My teaching Monday
> evening at Bible study was, "Will You Wait?" You want your
> marriage restored, until we tell you that you have to wait on
> God's timing. In the movie, "Fireproof" there was a song that
> was sung by John Waller called, "While I'm Waiting." He wrote
> this song while he was waiting on God for a specific prayer
> request. Let me remind you that while you are waiting for your
> marriage to be restored there are many other people who are
> waiting for very other important things in their lives, such as,
> a job, a better place to live, a baby, a physical healing, or for
> a teenager not to live in rebellion. We all must wait on God's
> timing at sometime in our lives!
> "In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I
> lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." Psalm 5:3
> Do not grumble or complain like the Israelites did to Moses and
> to God. Remember in the Old Testament, God got very angry at the
> people's ungratefulness and hardness of heart. You need to
> remember the meaning of having patience to receive your promise
> for you, your marriage, and your family. It is worth waiting for
> God's timing.
> "I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O LORD my God."
> Psalm 38:15
> You need to learn to trust the Lord, grow spiritually and let
> Him lead you through your life, step by step. You will be
> rewarded and you can endure the waiting with joy. You will
> develop patience by having a good heart, going through
> tribulations, by the testing of your faith, and by not losing
> hope in the Lord. Wait patiently for His timing.
> "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not
> fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their
> wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not
> fretit leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but
> those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land." Psalm 37:7-9
> "I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my
> cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and
> mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to
> stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our
> God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
> Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust..." Psalm 40:1-4
> As we read throughout the Bible, we can see how people had to
> wait patiently for their miracles, their visions, and their
> promises. Waiting patiently is developing your Christian
> character and you are being an example to others while you wait.
> May you and I wait, always praising the Lord and not grumbling,
> trusting and persevering, never giving up or quitting. Your
> beloved spouse and children will be blessed with a restored
> marriage for a lifetime if you will just be patient, waiting for
> God to break the chains of bondage and opening their spiritual
> eyes and ears, suddenly. We will reap what we sow, so be patient
> waiting for your promise of marriage restoration!
> "Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how
> the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and
> how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be
> patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
> Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be
> judged. The Judge is standing at the door! Brothers, as an
> example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets
> who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider
> blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's
> perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.
> The Lord is full of compassion and mercy." James 5:7-11
>Wow! What an encouragement. I know the Lord has been speaking all
understand fully what he wants and expects from me. I am praying
that he will forgive me for my grumbling, complaining, controlling,
manipulation, lack of self control and overall poor behavior. This
is an encouragement to me also as I am aware that even as I have
wanted to do the right thing it has taken time for what the Lord has
been speaking to me to get down into my heart and change me. I know
this is very much the same for my husband. I pray for him today that
even as I grow in the Lord so too will he. I thank God for his
promise that he WILL leave his father and mother (and all the trauma
of his childhood) and become one flesh with his wife. I thank God
that he has given me my marching orders. That I am to stand firm and
wait for the deliverance of God. Praise his might name!!! He is
mighty to save!