Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Wait Patiently On God

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

2nd September 2012

I have a few questions:

Why do we always seem to be in such a hurry?

Why, when we get behind the wheel of a car does our personality change? Why do we drum our fingers impatiently on the wheel at a red light or in a traffic jam?

Why, after wandering around the supermarket filling our trolleys with things we can’t really afford, don’t really want and aren’t really good for us, do we then express our irritation because we are not first in line at the check-out? Or because we are behind a person with so much in their trolley that they must be feeding an army? Or because of the 50 things we have purchased there is a price query on one item?

Why don’t we seem to have the time any more?

Are the days shorter? Is the hour now only 50 minutes?

I know that I, at least, need to re-cultivate the art of patience, and particularly with God. It’s easy to question why God doesn’t act just a bit more quickly. Perhaps one of our biggest tests is when God looks as if He is totally indifferent to our plight.

Apparently the church at Thessalonica was having problems of patience. Christians were continually being persecuted by both Jews and Gentiles. Paul had told them that Christ’s return would bring deliverance and that the persecutors would meet their just desserts. So the people expected Christ to return right away. Paul had to point out that whilst waiting for Christ’s return they should learn to be patient and gain faith from their suffering.

‘And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone’ (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

The trouble is we are impatient if God’s delays. We cannot wait for the answer to our prayers. We are urged to walk with God but at times God walks oh so slowly.

It’s indeed fortunate that our God is faithful as well as patient because so many times He has to wait for us.

Ultimately patience will only come from the unfailing source of spiritual power available to all of us – The Holy Spirit.

‘... the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives…patience…’ (Galatians 5:22 NLT)

But we need to be actively responsive to the lead of the Spirit. We need to take time in our busy day to listen to His still small voice of calm.

As Peter Marshall once said, ‘Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.’

Have a good week waiting patiently on God.

Pastor Barry

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