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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 17, 2011 - The Peace of Patience

By Gary Rogers

One of the most difficult aspects of God’s intervention is simply waiting for it to occur. Over and over I’ve found myself in situations where I desperately needed to see a change. But over and over God’s timetable for that change has been different from mine. In fact, most of the time I wanted the answer much sooner than it came.

When Paula and I married we were 19-year-old college students and financially broke. I knew the Lord wanted to help us make it, but waiting, watching and worrying about our finances was the pits. Filling out job applications and waiting to see if an opportunity would be given was hard without any money in the bank.

Over the years the same principle has been repeated over and over again in our lives in many different situations. On a number of occasions the wait was to see how God would work out a relationship conflict. Other waiting involved the complete healing needed from a sickness or injury. A reoccurring wait was for direction when making a difficult decision. I knew the Lord wanted to direct my footsteps, but it was awful being forced to wait until the direction to step was made clear.

Patience is a beautiful Christian trait, but it’s the waiting for it that makes you want to scream. One of the Scriptures that have helped me with this challenge of waiting is Hebrews 6:12: “Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (NKJV). Faith convinces us that God will fulfill His promises. Patience is the time we wait until the promise becomes a reality. Through faith and patience we receive the promise.

Faith without patience will result in giving up on God. Without patience the wait nullifies the promise. Due to the long wait, without patience, we deceive ourselves into thinking God can’t or God won’t. Faith becomes invalid without patience. There would be no need for faith if what we were seeking appeared the moment we asked for it. Remember, faith is something you hope for even though you don’t see it. Romans 8:24 tells us that hope that is seen is not hope. You can’t hope for something you have.

Patience underscores faith. Patience convinces us that God will come to our aid and fulfill every promise on His divine timeline. Patience persuades us to believe God can and God will. Patience understands the timing may not be that preferred schedule, but God is still in control. I may prefer His answer to be yesterday, but patience with its relentless persuasion assures me of His faithfulness as I simply wait.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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