October 12, 2017

Romans 12:12 (NLT) — 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Should Paul have to remind us to be patient? I mean think about it, what blessings or rewards are there for being impatient?  A defensive lineman in football who can’t wait for the football to be snapped before he crosses the line of scrimmage will bring a five yard penalty to his team. A batter in baseball who is impatient will not wait for a good pitch to hit so he’ll swing at a pitch way out of the strike zone and will either strike out or hit a fowl ball or hit a ground ball or fly ball out. A driver of car who is impatient at a stop light will pull out into the intersection and perhaps get into an accident or  be pulled over by a policeman and receive a ticket.

Abraham’s wife Sarah got impatient waiting for God to give her a child and so she gave her maid to Abraham so he could produce a child through her.(Genesis 16) That child is part of the Arab nation today which has always been at war with the nation of Israel. Impatience doesn’t pay in the long run.

Esau’s impatience cost him his birthright. (Genesis 25). Moses’ impatience cost him the opportunity to lead Israel in to the Promised Land. (Numbers 20). Saul couldn’t wait for Samuel to make the priestly sacrifice and it cost him his kingship. 1Samuel 13). The younger son couldn’t wait for his inheritance and he ended up losing everything. (Luke 15).

Impatience usually implies a lack of faith on the part of the impatient person. Trouble is part of life. Because of sin entering the world we are all going to be faced with trouble. Nobody has a trouble free life. A Christian is to view trouble as a good thing rather than a bad thing.

James 1:2–4 (NLT) — 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Trouble is the food of faith. Faith grows as it feeds on trouble. If you are impatient and try to fix things on your own or get angry because of your situation you will only make things worse and your faith will not grow. Your impatient actions will show your immaturity in that you are worshiping yourself and not God!

So thank God for Road Construction Delays, for inept cashiers, for slow internet connections, for not getting your order on the day it was promised, for the lawn mower quitting before you finished mowing, etc. Imagine your faith salivating as it sits down to this wonderful buffet:)

Proverbs 19:2 (NLT) — 2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.

Galatians 6:9 (NLT) — 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

James 1:19–20 (NLT) — 19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

Colossians 1:11 (NLT) — 11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,

You don’t know how strong your faith in God is until you meet trouble. Prayer reminds you that you don’t stand alone.

Be Inspired Hilltop!