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The Rewards of Patience

Read | Hebrews 6:13-15

Patience is hard for us to learn. I don’t know anyone who likes the trait—we simply don’t have time for patience! Life is fast, time’s running out, and we’ve got to get this show on the road, right?

This is clearly how most of us act, even if we don’t say it in so many words. Perhaps that’s why Scripture includes abundant examples of godly patience and its reward. Over and over again, we see the heavenly Father making promises to His children, only to have them wait years—sometimes decades—for the promise to be fulfilled. But the result of that patience is always blessing.

Consider Abraham. At age 75, he was given God’s promise of a son. Ten years later, he was still waiting. Fifteen years passed, then twenty, and still no son. At last, when he was 100—a quarter-century after the Lord had made the promise—baby Isaac was born. Surely Abraham must have had times of doubt during that lengthy wait. However, he continued to trust in God and kept watching for the fulfillment of His promise.

There are plenty of other examples. As a young man, Jacob met the girl of his dreams, but he had to work many years before making her his bride. Joseph had a God-given vision of blessing at 17 but languished more than a decade in slavery and prison prior to receiving the reward. And David was anointed King of Israel as a teenager but spent the next 14 years or so running for his life before taking the throne.

Shortcuts never lead to where God wants us to be. The long road, however, is filled with faithful servants. Are you waiting on the Lord today? Be encouraged—you’re in good company.

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  • May 17, 2013 08:16 PM

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    Praise God! Thank you God always keeping your promises.. God bless In Touch Ministries and Dr. Stanley ..
  • May 17, 2013 03:47 PM

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    For when God made His promise to Abraham He swore by Himself since He had no one greater by whom to swear. Thank you for your word and encouragement
  • May 17, 2013 03:17 PM

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    Always 5 stars! I am so glad and encouraged from your word,in a time of great trouble.
  • May 17, 2013 09:52 AM

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    I'm waiting Lord even though its not easy but your timing is perfect
  • May 09, 2013 11:27 PM

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    I am waiting on God to grant me patience. I am in short supply. Grant it but please hurry.
  • May 04, 2013 09:48 PM

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    So true! Thank you!
  • May 04, 2013 09:37 AM

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    Patience and Obedience is always a blessings.
  • May 03, 2013 06:12 PM

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    God helps us!
  • May 03, 2013 03:28 PM

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    Im in thier company. still waiting for something simple: my new job
  • May 03, 2013 11:04 AM

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    Your magazine is such a blessing to me. Your whole Ministry is a blessing to me. I pray the Lord will continue to bless your Ministry for many more years to come. Sincerely,
    Sue Mattey
    Alhambra, CA
  • May 03, 2013 10:30 AM

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    Awesome! I am always blessed and encouraged when I listen to, or read Dr. Charles Stanley's messages.
  • May 03, 2013 10:02 AM

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    Awesome Lesson ..... Very encouraging... " Thank You for sharing your thoughts on the Word of God ... and " Thank You Heavenly Father .. in Jesus' name we pray ..... Amen
  • May 03, 2013 09:06 AM

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    Thank you, I am waiting ...
  • May 03, 2013 08:47 AM

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    Love it. I always feel like these are specifically for me.
  • May 03, 2013 07:59 AM

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    loved this I am guilty of this all the time, but the older I get I now can wait on God and his perfect timing...
  • May 03, 2013 07:52 AM

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    waiting helps us grow into the person God would have us to be.
  • May 03, 2013 07:37 AM

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    Lord always let me have patience to wait on You and let me not be rebellious but always be obediant in all You have for me to do. I praise and worship You for all You do for all of us. Thank You Father
  • May 03, 2013 07:09 AM

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    I'm waiting for God to open the door to provide
  • May 03, 2013 06:42 AM

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    Praise God! God is faithful and no matter how long we have to wait... He is faithful to fulfil
  • May 03, 2013 04:52 AM

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    Amen to God always keeping His Promises!!
  • May 03, 2013 03:56 AM

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    God bless u sir for this wonderful words of encouragement. The Holy Spirit will continue to teach u and remind u of all things.
  • May 03, 2013 02:54 AM

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    Today's devotion was the answer to my prayer...Forgive me Lord for being impatient...Each day I need to turn my life over to you & place my will at your altar....Thank you Dr. Stanley & In Touch Ministries - God Bless You!

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