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A.W. Tozer quote – “Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. They harm us only when we resist them or endure them unwillingly.”

We must be patient and not jump ahead and try to do things on our own.

Last night we were playing a card game and before you can advance to the next phase you have to complete the first one…. After an hour and 15 minutes of playing everyone was doing great but me. I was being passed by and left behind. I was losing.

We can feel like this in life sometimes because we are stuck in a phase, a place we need to be or that God has us and we just feel stuck, passed by, or left behind. We can become discouraged and think something is wrong, but we have to remember that God has us there for a reason and we need to complete that phase or season before we can move on.

In Psalm 37:7 it says, Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.

We need to be patient and wait for the season we are in to be complete so that we can move to the next phase.

 I think we all think we are patient and willing to wait until we have to. As a parent and having to teach my kids things I can see that I can be impatient. For example, when I was first teaching my kids how to bake a cake, using a boxed cake which has the instructions on it, mind you, I would hover and still try to do everything and just let them stir.

The instructions were there, I could have said read that and follow it and I’ll sit here and just watch and guide when you need it, which eventually I did do that. But at the time I couldn’t let go. I wanted to make sure I still had some control.

We want that control and sometimes we want it so badly that we are not patient and willing to wait for the next step. It’s like trying to make a cake but not adding all the ingredients, it’s not going to turn out as it should.

It tells us in Psalm 27:14 - Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

We must learn to stand firm waiting on the Lord having full confidence that He will see us through.

We all have moments of impatience’s and we let things get to us and frustrate us but if we are to learn anything we need to look at the life Jesus had here on earth.

When He had moments that could have been filled with impatience, but He wasn’t.

He lived His live without grumbling or questioning God’s timing. He didn’t complain about those around Him and He was patient while teaching and repeating things to those following Him.

Working toward an ounce of the patience Jesus had been hard but through God it is possible. In Matthew 19:26 it says, Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

Look to the Lord when you feel impatient and allow Him to fill that void and bring you peace and patience.

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