I’m not super patient. I want what I want, when I want it! I know a lot of people just like that. I do work hard at being patient on most days. I’m usually less patient with the ones I love most because my expectations are so very high. I’m sure not proud of my impatience. In fact, I’m embarrassed by it. The Lord’s patience with me should translate into me being patient with others. This passage in 2 Peter reminded me about this word. Check this out…8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. (2 Peter 3:8-9; 14-15 NIV)
I’m so thankful that the Lord has extreme patience with me. He is so kind, yet He is firm. He is not a “push over” – He is patient. His Grace compels me to notice Him. His Love and Mercy is irresistible to me. I don’t want to miss out on being loved like that.
I’m learning to let the Lord define patience for me. I’m also learning to let Him define all the definitions in my life. He defines love for sure. He also defines mercy and grace. If He doesn’t define the major concepts in my life, He certainly writes them on my heart. I wouldn’t understand impatience if I didn’t experience His Patience. I want to learn from my Creator how He intended me to live, move and act every day. I was designed to bring Him honor and I want to be about that!Pressing On! Dwayne