October 13, 2017

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

On a football team a quarterback and the center who hikes him the ball spend get together and practice that hike over and over and over. They want to be in sync. If the quarterback calls out the number he wants the ball hiked on he will anticipate the hike and already begin to back away from the center. If the center doesn’t hike the ball exactly when the number is called out everything will be out of sync. The rest of the team will be moving and will be penalized for illegal procedure or the quarterback will mishandle the ball and it will be fumbled resulting in the loss of that down if he or one of his teammates fall on the ball; or worse yet the opposing team could recover the ball. The quarterback needs to be in sync with his receivers. If they are not the ball could be thrown behind them or in front of them resulting in and incomplete pass or even worse the other team could intercept the pass. Being in sync is important if a team is going to win the game.

Colossians 1:20 (NLT) — 20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself.

Reconciled means to be in sync or in agreement. If you and I were going to meet at the courthouse at precisely 10am our watches would have to be reconciled, be in sync and in agreement. God reconciled us to himself. We are to be in sync with Him. So our impatience means that we are out of sync, not in agreement and not in the will of God. Hence our worship is not acceptable and things will not work out for good.

Lets look at this another way:

Colossians 1:16 (NLT) — 16 for through him(Jesus) God created everything in the heavenly realms… Everything was created through him and for him.

We all have heard that verse in Psalm 118 that says, “this is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” According to Colossian 1:16 the day was made for Jesus. So if we try to live out the day out of the will of Jesus the day will not work out for us. Impatience is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is not the will of Jesus. It is not good worship and hence our impatience will not work out for us.

Prayer brings us back in sync. Prayer is like resetting our watches to match God’s watch. Prayer brings us back in agreement with God. That is why Jesus prayed, “not my will but yours be done.” Jesus didn’t want to get out of sync or out of agreement which would put him outside of the Father’s will.

Are you in sync with the will of the Father?

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. I liked the three days you spent on the first part of our verse about rejoicing, confidence, and hope. I really want to give God the attention he deserves, remember he is sovereign and has my trouble on a leash. I need to practice when trouble comes. It’s never far away, is it?
    The last two days on impatience hit me though. I have read all five days TODAY because our internet has been pretty much dead. I’m not a big computer girl other than a few select sites I visit, one being your blog and sermons I may have missed. I’m sad to say I practiced a bit of impatience this week, actually quite a bit. The computer is something I usually try to bypass for most things because I can make myself a lot of trouble! It’s a frustrating area for me. Looking back on the week though, there were times that I was very patient in times of other troubles. I need to change my mind about the internet being trouble in disguise and see it as a good, good thing when it doesn’t seem to follow my instructions;) Thanks Pastor Dan.

    • Daniel Mueller says

      Have a good patient weekend. One of the incentives for rejoicing in trouble is that we look forward to see how it is all going to workout.