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The Alternatives to Patience

Read | Galatians 6:7-9

Have you ever felt the Lord calling you to something really big—maybe some task that seemed impossible or a goal that would no doubt take years to achieve? Most likely, some aspiration or God-given promise just came to mind. As you think about it, let’s consider three common courses of action.

First, we can take a shortcut. After all, if the Lord makes a promise or gives us a goal, wouldn't He want us to attain it as quickly as possible? The answer is, Not necessarily. God often gives a pledge years before He brings it to pass. When we try to manipulate circumstances and “help” the Lord fulfill His promise, we’ll surely get in the way of the good things He has in mind for us. We should remember that part of the blessing will be the trust and wisdom that we gain while we are waiting.

Second, we can simply quit. We might tell ourselves, Who wants to wait ten years for anything? That is simply too long. I’d rather move on to something else. So we just walk away, forget that the opportunity ever came up, and try not to think about it anymore. But what a tragedy it is to say no to a promise of God and to miss out on the blessing He has planned for us.

Third, we can wait patiently and trust the Lord to bless us. This is clearly the best option, but sadly the one too many of us tend to avoid.

If someone were to say to you, “Ten years from today, I’m going to give you ten million dollars,” what would you say? Most likely, you would not respond, “No, thanks. I want it now or not at all.” Why then, do so many Christians say that to God? He has tremendous blessings in store for you—if you’re willing to wait.

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  • May 12, 2013 03:31 PM


    What is the difference of KJV TO NKJV? Is it okay to use niv? For now, im using KJV bec thats were using in the churh. But then sometimes im having a hard time understanding KJV.
  • May 06, 2013 04:48 AM


    it's not easy for me, but obedience !
  • May 06, 2013 02:12 AM


    This message is a great encouragement for me, as I am also waiting for something that the Lord has promised. Thank you God for reminding me once again to be STILL and know that You are God!
  • May 05, 2013 06:23 PM


    This msg is a tremendous blessing!
  • May 05, 2013 02:32 PM


    What a wonderful and timely message.
  • May 05, 2013 05:56 AM


    waiting is diffiicult but it brings eternal reward...God's plans are worth it
  • May 04, 2013 05:58 PM


    Great article!
  • May 04, 2013 01:14 PM


    Thank you and God Bless you for these words.. EXACTLY what I needed to be reminded of right now ! Our God truly is GREAT! Amen.
  • May 04, 2013 10:47 AM


  • May 04, 2013 07:58 AM


    So you do not wait and in ten you get what you were not waiting far...then it seems like yesterday...what a blessing wish I had not give up it may have come earlier...

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