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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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April 2, 2014 - The Spiritual Fruit of Patience

By William E. Richardson

"But the fruit of the Spirit is ... patience" (Galatians 5:22, NASB).

America is a nation of impatient people. We use the speed dial on our cell phone while heading to the drive thru window at a fast food franchise.

God, who isn't in a hurry, wants to develop in each of us the spiritual fruit of patience.

We have a good biblical example. David, whose life from agile youth to aged king is an open book, patiently communed with God and trusted His timing.

David understood life takes time. Day after day, he fed, led, and watched the family sheep under his care. One day, he was called from the field to meet the prophet Samuel. After anointing David to be Israel's next king, Samuel went home (1 Samuel 16:13). David returned to the sheep.

Nothing happened for a while. In time, David was asked to use his musical skill on the harp to calm Saul’s spirit (1 Samuel 16:23). Eventually the future king returned home again. More time passed.

Then David was sent by his father to Israel's military camp, not to claim his kingly position, but to take food to his brothers (1 Samuel 17:17). David remained patient.

David killed Goliath and joined the Israeli army. But Saul's jealousy drove David into exile. Months fleeing from Saul became years. David chose not to take matters into his own hands. He refused opportunities to kill the king and take the crown (1 Samuel 26:6-9).

The world would eventually learn David's secret: He saw himself as a sheep trusting his life to God, his Shepherd (Psalm 23). David's patience let God prepare him for the tasks ahead.

God always fulfills His promises. When David's training was complete, Saul died in battle. David's coronation day arrived. He ruled Israel for 40 years. After his death, all future Israelite kings were compared to their greatest monarch, David. The psalms he left us reveal David's strong reliance on God. Psalm after psalm points to patiently seeking God's guidance in all situations.

You may need to slow down today. You may need more preparation for the task ahead. You can trust God while He unfolds His timeline for you.

"Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!" (Psalm 27:14, NKJV).

May you bear abundant fruit of patience today.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at lights4god.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

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