On Patience


This morning, while reading and praying, I was thanking the Lord for prayers he has specifically answered these past few weeks; particularly prayers in regard to anxiety. I suppose I should have posted about that first, then moved on to patience, but who’s counting?

So I was thanking God for releasing me from the bondage of anxiety and wondering “what’s next?” Where is that next lesson coming from? Then I thought, “it’ll probably be in regards to patience.” The two are so closely tied to one another, so we’ll see what happens. But I thought it was funny when my landlord discipler handed me some note cards with quotes on them this afternoon.

The first bunch are from Elizabeth Elliot:

“Waiting requires patience — a willingness to calmly accept what we have or have not, where we are or where we wish we were, whomever we live or work with.”

“To want wat we don’t have is impatience, for one thing, and it is to mistrust God. Is He not in complete control of all circumstances, events and conditions? If some are beyond His control, He is not God…A spirit of resistance cannot wait on God.”

“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly in Him who has all things safely in His hands.”

“He is my Lord, I must not forget that whatever He allows to happen becomes, for me, His will at that moment…The need to wait is, for me, a form of chastening. God has to calm me down, make me shut up and look to Him for the outcome.”

“His message to me every day is wait, be still, trust, and obey.”

“Wait patiently for the Lord. He will turn to you and hear your cry. It is amazing how clear things become when we are still before Him, not complaining, not insisting on quick answers, only seeking to hear His word in the stillness, and to see things in His light. Few are willing to receive that sort of reply.”

And this last one is from Francis Chan:

“When you pray, your prayers are heard by the same God who answered Moses’ prayer for water in the desert, the God who gave Abraham and his barren wife a son, and the God who made the slave Joseph second in power only to Pharaoh.”

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