Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-12
How can we experience God’s best? We need to be patient with him. Sometimes we might not understand a situation. In the end, it becomes clear. That is also true with God.
There are people who have faithfully attended church for many years, been baptized, and heard a multitude of sermons but yet have still not learned how to live the Christian life or what it means to have salvation which is a necessary step in accepting Jesus and receiving peace. By accepting Jesus, the Holy Spirit resides in each one of us! That is necessary for us to live how Jesus wants us to live.
Peter, in his Pentecost sermon, gives us the answer. “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” To be filled and led by the Spirit of God does not require any great spiritual work on our part. It does require us to recognize that we are sinners and to ask for forgiveness.
“The Holy Spirit illuminates the minds of people, makes us yearn for God, and takes spiritual truth and makes it understandable to us.”-Billy Graham
Be patient with the Holy Spirit. One of the Spirit’s jobs is to provide the guidance that we need throughout life. However there are times when we must patiently wait until He reveals to us what He would have us do.
Be patient with God. He is patient with us! Patient doesn’t come naturally but is a gift from God bestowed on us as the fruit of His Spirit. It’s essential that we cooperate with the Holy Spirit as he develops patience within us.
Consider what the following scriptures say about waiting for God:
Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD.”
Psalm 37:7 “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret…”
Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”
Patience can be defined in several ways:
-Quiet, uncomplaining endurance under stress or annoyance.
-Having the will to wait.
Why do we need patience?
To benefit from God’s loving protection, we should consult him (PRAY) about everything. If we insist on having our own way, we are asking for trouble. God’s timeline is not necessarily the same as ours. In contrast when we are patient, we are able to calmly tolerate the delays that God places in our lives.
Why is patience essential to experiencing God’s best?
It’s essential to a life of obedience to God. We must listen, obey Him, and at times give up our own personal desires and opinions to wait for His direction. It’s essential because timing is very important. The Holy Spirit will give us clear direction but not always immediately. If we truly treasure God’s wisdom, we will patiently wait for Him to reveal His will.
God saved us for His purposes and will give us guidance if we ask for it. But we must be careful not to think that He is late or that He is not listening if He doesn’t act when we think He should. God is always right on time. We’re the ones whose timing is off. The wisest action is to patiently trust God, wait, and watch to see what He will do.
Let’s ask yourself these questions.
-Would your family, co-workers, and friends describe you as a patient person?
-How does your character, conduct, and conversation display either patience or impatience?
-What kinds of thoughts or experiences cause you to be impatient?
-In contrast, what truths about God could you dwell upon to build a foundation for patience and trust in Him?