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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Patience: An Enduring Quality”
There isn’t a quality more needed today than patience. We live in a world obsessed with time management and getting things done as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it has produced a society of impatience.
In a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, Calvin’s father is sitting as his computer saying, “It used be that if a client wanted something done in a week it was considered a rush job, and he would be lucky to get it. Now, with modems, faxes, and car phones everybody wants everything instantly.”
At that moment Calvin walks in the room looking at a microwave dinner and says, “It takes 6 minutes to microwave this. Who’s got that kind of time?”
What is patience? Patience is a calm endurance based upon the knowledge that God is in control.
Most of life is out of our control, but it isn’t out of God’s control, so we must learn to be patient allowing God to work out the details.
Our problem is that we weren’t born with this quality. Instead, we were born impatient. And if that’s hard to believe, just look at a baby. When a baby wakes up in the middle of the night and is hungry or their diaper is wet, they don’t wait until the morning; instead, they cry until they receive the desired attention.
Patience is a virtue, and it’s one aspect of the fruit of the Holy Spirit that needs to be a part of every believer’s life.
So how do we develop this enduring quality of patience? The answer is to abide in Christ.
Jesus said, “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
The Apostle Peter tells us the Lord is patient with all of us, not wishing that anyone would perish, but rather come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
And so, if God is so patient with us, shouldn’t we be patient with others?
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